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Impaired drivers the focus of Alberta-wide checkstop blitz Saturday

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RCMP across Alberta will be doing a check stop blitz on Saturday. Hundreds of sheriffs will be stationed in local detachments and on major roadways to try to catch impaired drivers. Some of their locations will be mobile to cover as much of the province as possible.

Anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have to take a road-side sobriety test. That could lead to an immediate licence suspension and/or criminal charges.

Inspector Steve Daley says they’re holding the blitz early in the month to remind Albertans they’ll be on patrol throughout the holiday season. Through the first 10 months of the year, RCMP charged more than 38-hundred people with impaired driving, and more are expected as investigations continue.

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