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Weekend checkpoints net 12 impaired drivers, Halifax, N.S.

RCMP officers across Nova Scotia continued with targeted enforcement in support of the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Strategy this past weekend.

In early December the RCMP launched a National Impaired Driving Enforcement Strategy to increase efforts to end drinking and driving and drug impaired driving through proactive education and enforcement campaigns.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson came to Nova Scotia and participated in the checkpoints in Lower Sackville and Windsor.

On March 22nd, 2014, officers checked over 8700 vehicles. Twelve drivers were charged with Impaired Driving by alcohol. Nine other drivers were issued roadside driving suspensions.

‘It is disappointing that twelve people this weekend decided to place their life and the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel after drinking,’ said Cst Mark Skinner, Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services. ‘Every day we do what we can to help ensure people can get home safe to their families. That is why we will continue to aggressively focus on those who drive impaired by alcohol and drugs.’

The RCMP continues to have a strong presence on Nova Scotia’s roadways to stop alcohol and drug impaired drivers year round. Every road user has a responsibility in making our roadways safer.

Source: Release

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