A roaming check stop is taking place tonight (Dec. 22) in the Cochrane area involving about 20 officers from multiple enforcement agencies.

Sgt. Vinnie Hetu, commanding officer of the Cochrane and Bow Valley RCMP traffic units, says it will involve officers from those two units as well as the Cochrane RCMP detachment, Calgary Police, Alberta Sheriffs highway patrol, Tsuut'ina Police, and CP Police.

It's one of several that have been held in the Calgary area since Dec. 3.

"We want all of our residents to be able to enjoy this holiday with their families and their loved ones. Making ensure the roadways that our residents are going to take are safer is a priority for us. By reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roadways definitely contributes to that."

Sgt. Hetu says the extremely cold weather didn't force the cancellation of the check stop, but it was modified from a static event. He says no matter the weather, removing impaired drivers from the road is something traffic unit members hold dear to their hearts.

RCMP officials says motorists should remember the following before getting behind the wheel:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgment and reaction time;
  • Impaired driving is criminal and dangerous;
  • Mandatory alcohol screening is used by Alberta RCMP to deter and detect impaired drivers. If you are pulled over or at a check stop, you can expect to provide a breath sample;
  • Individuals with a graduated driver’s licence must abide by the zero-tolerance law; and
  • Call 911 if you witness or suspect impaired driving.

Impaired driving is always preventable. Plan ahead to have a safe ride home. Call a taxi or rideshare service, use a designated driver, or stay the night.