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NEWS: Nunavut December 05, 2013 - 10:38 am

Nunavut cops plan impaired driving crackdown Dec. 7

Nunavut RCMP participates in national enforcement effort

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In this public service announcement, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson talks about the dangers of impaired driving. (YOUTUBE IMAGE)
In this public service announcement, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson talks about the dangers of impaired driving. (YOUTUBE IMAGE)

As part of a national campaign, Nunavut’s RCMP members plan to target impaired drivers across the territory this weekend.

On Dec. 7, RCMP members in all 25 communities will take part in an enforcement operation to crackdown on impaired drivers of vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or other vehicles.

The bottom line: alcohol and drugs have an impact on the ability of drivers to operate motor vehicles or equipment, the RCMP said in a Dec. 5 news release.

The RCMP calls impaired driving “an entirely preventable offence,” but one that causes injuries, death and has devastating effects on communities.

“Please help keep Nunavummiut safe,” police say. “If you drink or take drugs, choose not to drive, don’t let your friends or family drive while impaired, and if you see an impaired driver, contact your local police.”

As part of the campaign, the RCMP also prepared a public service announcement, in which RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson speaks to the dangers of impaired driving. (See video below.)

“Let’s make the right choice before we get behind the wheel (or handlebars),” he said. “Everyone has the right to come home safe.”
In Nunavut, cases of impaired driving were recorded at two to three times the national average between 2000 and 2009.

Last year, the organization Mothers Against Drunk Drivers called on the territory to impose stricter legislation, such as graduated licensing for new drivers as well as 90 day license suspensions for those caught driving impaired.

 

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