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Calgary police release holiday impaired driving stats

CALGARY – When it comes to drinking and driving, it seems Calgarians still aren’t getting the message.

Despite numerous campaigns and seasonal Checkstops, police say the number of impaired driving charges laid over the holidays were almost the same as in years before.

Through the month of December, police laid 122 charges for impaired driving due to alcohol, and 99 for impaired driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08.

In addition, 39 charges were laid for failing/refusing to provide a sample and 60 immediate Roadside Sanctions were issued

Police say almost a quarter of impaired driving charges laid in December were because of daytime or evening Checkstops. Calgary is the only city in Canada which offers a year-round Checkstop program.

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In Calgary last year, there were 15 fatal collisions which involved alcohol.