Plan ahead before bringing in the new year


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December 23, 2014 9:03 AM

The Lloydminster RCMP would like to remind everyone to plan ahead for a safe ride home if you’re looking to bring in the new year with a couple drinks. Whether it be calling a cab or arranging for a designated driver, it’s best to make these plans before the celebration begins.

“It’s always a good idea to make those decisions before you start to drink,” said RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger. “It’s a good idea to make those decisions while you’re still sober and thinking clearly and prearrange it before the night of the party.”

Impaired Drivers Awareness Month is now in full swing and Kirzinger said the program has been doing well.

“So far, the RCMP has had good success with the Impaired Driving Month,” said Kirzinger. “We have conducted stop checks and road blocks. We’ve had increased awareness and visibility in regards to impaired driving. We have seen impaired investigations and charges laid this month and we are pleased how this campaign is running.”

The police are encouraged by the governments to step up their presence during the holiday season and are provided with extra resources for check stops. They are working together with community groups and other detachments to make sure the message of safe driving has a further reach.

“The RCMP is doing what we can to ensure the importance of having a safe ride home,” said Kirzinger. “The importance of making the wise and smart decision of not driving while impaired and our hope is that people see us out there and make the wise decision.”

They encourage citizens to report impaired drivers, so if you see someone drinking and driving or swerving all over the road, it is advised that you contact the RCMP so they can investigate the issue. “The more information you are able to provide to the RCMP in regards to the vehicle, make, model and licence plate number will assist us in that investigation,” said Kirzinger.

“Impaired driving over the holidays is something that is very important to the Lloydminster RCMP and the RCMP in general. It is something that we take seriously and focus on over the holiday season.”

Kirzinger said any time more people get together than usual and whenever more alcohol is consumed will cause an increase in the potential for impaired driving.

“The Lloydminster RCMP just wants the public to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and remember to not drink then drive,” he said.

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