Police aim to educate public about dangers of impaired driving

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RCMP officers in Pictou County were out in force on Saturday conducting checkpoints across the County in support of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

In support of Enforcement Day activities, Pictou County RCMP suspended two drivers on Saturday as a result of their impairment by alcohol.

Checkpoints were held throughout the day and police spoke with more than 250 motorists in the county about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

“The positive feedback and support from our community was overwhelming,” said Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy. “Checkpoints are one way of apprehending impaired drivers but they also give us the chance to speak to people about the importance of driving safe and sober. We need the public's help to stop impaired driving in our community.”

The National Impaired Driving Strategy is being undertaken by the RCMP over the next year to increase efforts to end drinking and driving and drug impaired driving through proactive education and enforcement campaigns.

Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of deaths on Nova Scotia roadways.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia

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