New Brunswick RCMP Conducting Checkstops For National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

Posted on Saturday, December 2, 2017 09:33 AM

Today is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, and the provincial RCMP will be conducting checkstops across the province.

Last year, RCMP in New Brunswick investigated 58 collisions resulting in 64 fatalities.

29% of those crashes involved the use of drugs and alcohol, and impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.

Corporal Ryan Lewis of the Tactical Traffic Enforcement Unit says the Gallant Government recently passed legislation allowing police to issue immediate driver's licence suspensions.

Since the law went into effect on November 1st, the RCMP have issued 49 suspensions and impounded more than 24 vehicles.

Lewis urges people to call 911 if they suspect a driver is impaired.