Nova Scotia RCMP were out in force Saturday and in one day stopped over 10,000 in 75 checkpoints and charged 14 people with impaired driving as part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
The RCMP charged 12 drivers for alcohol impairment and two for drug impairment in addition to issuing seven road side suspensions.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was on duty at a checkpoint in Sackville where an impaired driver was apprehended at 4:30 in the afternoon. ‘It is a myth that impaired drivers are only behind the wheel at night,’ said Insp. Ray Oliver, ‘Impaired drivers are on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’
During the checkpoint RCMP members spoke to motorists about making the right choice and making sure they plan ahead for a safe and sober drive throughout the holiday season and all year long.’
RCMP Inspector Ray Oliver acknowledges the overwhelming support from Nova Scotians saying, ‘People were very thankful and supportive of our efforts, both in person and on social media. There were a few comments on social media about the delays created by checkpoints. We appreciate motorists’ patience; however I think most would agree the delay was necessary to save lives.’
Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of deaths on Nova Scotia roadways. Road safety is a priority for the RCMP and as the Provincial Police, the RCMP will continue to have a strong presence on Nova Scotia’s roadways this holiday season and all year long.