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Spring forward with safer and sober driving, Halifax, N.S.

Days are longer, snow is melting and it is time for spring cleaning. More drivers will be out on the road and RCMP in Nova Scotia want citizens to know they will be out in force checking for alcohol and drug impaired driving.

The RCMP is holding its second national impaired driving enforcement day on Saturday March 22nd. Officers from across the province will be conducting check points reminding Nova Scotians to plan ahead for a safe and sober driving. Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of death on Nova Scotia’s roadways.

‘The myths around impaired driving continue to exist,’ Cst. Mark Skinner, Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services. ‘The common ones police officers often hear are, ‘I can sleep off being drunk, if ‘I grab a cold shower this will sober me up’ or ‘If I smoke marijuana I can still drive’. The danger in believing any of these myths is motorists and other road users lives are placed in danger.’

In December, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson joined with Nova Scotia RCMP officers to launch a coordinated impaired driving enforcement campaign across the country. During that enforcement weekend, RCMP checked more than 10,000 vehicles and laid 12 charges for alcohol impairment and two for drug impairment.

As your Provincial Police, the RCMP has a strong presence on Nova Scotia’s roadways to stop alcohol and drug impaired drivers year round. All of us have a responsibility to get home safe.

Source: Release

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