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Carlyle RCMP: Let’s keep our holiday season safe

Carlyle RCMP discusses the risks associated with impaired driving.
The Carlyle RCMP is reminding the public to stay safe with the holidays approaching.

CARLYLE - The holiday season is a perfect time to connect with friends and family to celebrate the special occasion and milestones of the past year. 

The Carlyle RCMP would like to extend a warm season’s greetings to everyone and would also like to remind the public to stay safe, especially while driving this holiday season.

In addition to conducting increased police patrols throughout the month of December, the Carlyle RCMP is also participating in the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Dec. 3. As the name suggests, this is an enforcement initiative throughout the entire country which will focus on the apprehension of impaired drivers. The public can expect to see an increased police presence on this date in the form of traffic enforcement and sobriety check stops.

If apprehended, an impaired driver can face the following serious consequences:

•Arrest and the possibility of being lodged in police cells;

•Immediate driver’s licence suspension;

•Vehicle impoundment;

•Fines and penalties;

•Court dates;

•A criminal record;

•Increased insurance premiums; and

•A possible jail sentence

Impaired driving is a serious criminal offence and is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. This statistic is particularly tragic as it is also entirely preventable.

If you plan on, or are likely to, consume alcohol or cannabis, please plan ahead to arrange a designated driver, or call a friend or loved one to give you a safe ride home.

Remember, there is never a good excuse for driving while impaired, so please don’t take the risk this holiday season.

Impaired drivers can be reported to the Carlyle RCMP by calling 306-453-6707, or in case of an emergency, by calling 911.