From a policing standpoint, it would appear that New Year’s Eve went well this year. Though there were a few calls and complaints, the RCMP said there was nothing much out of the ordinary to speak of.
“There’s nothing that’s overly notable. The calls that were received that evening were consistent with calls that we receive on a day-to-day basis,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger. “The only difference being there was an increased amount of those calls, which is not unexpected over New Year’s.”
That shows that Impaired Drivers Awareness Month ended on a relatively good note. There were a few arrests for drunk driving during December but Krizinger feels the RCMP are happy with how the campaign went.
He said they received many calls in regards to impaired driving but for the most part the RCMP felt that through check stops and increased police presence, they we able to discourage and limit the amount of offenders on the road.
“We want to thank the people who went out for New Year’s and over Christmas holidays to parties that chose a safe ride home and planned ahead. We’d like to thank them for the conscientious decisions that they made,” he said.
Between mid-December and Jan. 1 there were 25 impaired driving investigations, with only seven of them leading to charges.
“The ones that didn’t lead to charges were ones that were unfounded,” he said. “Where the individuals may have been fatigued instead of impaired or ones that may be poor drivers or those kind of things.”