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NEWS: Nunavut December 11, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Nunavut police issue suspensions during anti-drunk driving campaign

"Community response and support for the officers, both RCMP and municipal, was remarkable"

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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)

Nunavut RCMP stopped more than 500 vehicles across the territory last weekend as part of a national campaign to crack down on impaired driving.

RCMP stopped 542 Nunavummiut drivers Dec. 7 despite winter storms and high winds, handing out “several” suspensions for infractions of the territorial Motor Vehicle Act, police said in a Dec. 11 release.

“Community response and support for the officers, both RCMP and municipal, was remarkable,” RCMP said in a Dec. 11 news release. “One private function was noted to have hired a local taxi company to get their party guests home safe.”

As part of its National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, RCMP across the country were sending this message: Alcohol and drugs have an impact on the ability of drivers to operate motor vehicles or equipment.

Impaired driving is “an entirely preventable offence,” police say, but one that causes injuries, death and has devastating effects on communities.

“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,” RCMP said.

Nationally, over 80,000 vehicles were checked Dec. 7, resulting in 131 impairment charges and 338 roadside suspensions or prohibitions.

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