RCMP busy with long weekend checkstop

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August 6, 2015 8:15 AM

The Lloydminster RCMP traffic section issued 15 charges and violations and executed 11 warrants during a two-hour traffic check at the intersection of 50 Avenue and 67 Street on the evening of Aug. 1.

“It’s something that we would like to do for every long weekend. Of course, that depends on resourcing levels, but it is definitely something that we try to do at the detachment to ensure we get our message out about impaired driving,” Const. Grant Kirzinger said about the traffic stop.

“When choosing a location for checkstops you always want to make sure that you have a place of high traffic volume as well as a place where you can control the traffic flow to ensure everyone’s safety. At that intersection we have both of those things.”

The goal of the traffic stop was to check vehicles for impaired drivers and increase awareness for impaired driving. The results of the stop included three no insurance tickets, three speeding tickets, three expired license plates, two impaired drivers, two impaired by drug suspensions, one suspended driver and one prohibited driver. Kirzinger called the number of violations average.

“Despite all the available education, increased penalties and RCMP enforcement, certain individuals continue to place the general public at risk by driving impaired,” said Const. Edwin Smith of the Lloydminster Traffic Section, in a press release. “If you see an impaired driver call 911 immediately.”

Kirzinger says the RCMP raises awareness about impaired driving by making presentations at schools and drivers’ education classes. The police also publish media releases throughout the year to draw attention to their monthly initiatives.

The next long weekend is the Labour Day weekend from Sept. 5 to 7. Kirzinger says drivers should have contingency plans in place in case they decide to take a drink.

“Whenever you consume alcohol it is a good idea to plan a safe ride home in advance,” he said. “If you believe that you’re going to make a wise decision after you’ve started to consume alcohol, this is not always the case. We encourage and recommend that you make plans before you go out for the evening of how you will get home safely.”

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