Selective Traffic Enforcement

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The Camrose Police Service selected traffic enforcement program (STEP) for the month of August is impaired driving. If you plan on consuming alcohol the following steps need to be taken:

  • Appoint a designated driver or choose alternative transportation. There are many options and no excuses for driving drunk.
  • Preventing impaired driving is a shared responsibility.
  • Stop anyone from driving if you do not have complete confidence in their ability to drive.
  • Never drive after consuming ANY alcohol. Although you may not feel impaired, just one drink reduces your reactions and ability to drive safely.

Impaired Driving is not just a law enforcement problem it is a community issue. In September the Camrose Police Service adopted the Curb the Danger Program which has already proven to be a very effective tool in removing impaired drivers from our roadways. The program encourages anyone to call 9-1-1 to report an suspicious vehicle.

Signs of an impaired driver may include but are not limited to:

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or both.
  • Tailgating or changing lanes at unreasonable speeds.
  • Dangerous passing.
  • Leaving intersections too quickly or too slowly.
  • Swerving within or outside of lanes

Cannabis is second to alcohol as the drug most frequently found among drivers involved in crashes and drivers charged with impaired driving. Among young drivers, driving after using cannabis now exceeds the rate of driving after drinking (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse).

  • In 2015, nearly half of all 24 hour licence suspensions were due to drug impairment.
  • In Alberta, 21 people were killed and 305 people were injured in drug-involved casualty collisions (2010-2014).
  • About 16 per cent of 15–24 year olds in Canada report riding as a passenger with a driver who has smoked cannabis within the previous two hours (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse).
  • In Canada, cannabis and depressant drugs each accounted for 29 per cent of all drug evaluations conducted in 2013 (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2014).
  • A recent study by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation found in Alberta, 82 drivers (41 per cent) who were killed in collisions during 2012 tested positive for drugs. To put this in perspective, during this same year, 71 of the drivers tested positive for alcohol.

On April 20, 2016, the federal government announced it would bring legislation forward in spring 2017 aimed at legalizing marijuana use.

  • Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana use in 2014 and have seen a significant increase in the number of drivers testing positive for marijuana use.
  • In Colorado, about 10 per cent of drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2010 tested positive for the drug. By 2014, just over a year after recreational sales were legalized, that percentage nearly doubled to 19 per cent.
  • In Washington over that same period, the percentage of drivers involved in fatal accidents who tested positive for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, doubled to 12 per cent from about 6 per cent, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

This month we are focusing our education efforts on preventing drugged driving through an online bulletin and tweets from @ABTransComm.

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