December 8, 2014 8:47 pm

17 charged with impaired driving this weekend in Edmonton

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EDMONTON – Police arrested and charged 17 drivers with impaired driving during Edmonton’s first weekend of holiday checkstops.

Between Thursday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 6, 22 roadside suspensions were issued and 17 people were arrested and charged at three checkstop locations.

The Edmonton Police Service officially launched the program last Thursday evening. It will continue throughout December. The EPS checkstop program includes vehicle-stop locations and roving patrols across the city looking for impaired drivers. The goal is two-fold: getting impaired drivers off the road and educating the public of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

READ MORE: RCMP already busy pulling over impaired drivers 

Edmontonians are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers through the Curb the Danger program by calling 911.

Police explain calling 911 in an emergency, or to report an impaired driver, is permitted while driving under the distracted driving law. You will be asked to report the location, vehicle description, and licence plate number. Police say you should try to keep the vehicle in sight but do not attempt to chase the vehicle, or break the law doing so.

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