Drive safe, drive sober this holiday season

The holiday season is once again upon us.  Many of us will be getting together for different functions from office parties to just having friends over for the evening.

Ray Prins, MLA Report:

The holiday season is once again upon us.  Many of us will be getting together for different functions from office parties to just having friends over for the evening.  This holiday season, law enforcement agents are cracking down on drunk drivers with enhanced Check Stop programs throughout Alberta. 

Twenty-two per cent of all fatal collisions involve impaired driving.  More than 110 Albertans are killed each year and 1,900 injured in collisions caused by impaired driving.  On average, approximately 7,700 people every year are convicted of impaired driving in Alberta. The costs of impaired driving on our society are staggering. Families, the health care system, the legal system, insurance companies and the general public all pay the price for impaired drivers.  Motorists who drive while impaired risk killing themselves, their friends, or someone else.  They also face grave legal, financial, and social ramifications.

Remember: if you drink and drive, you are going to get caught.

This holiday season, keep the following in mind:

1. Make the right choice for everyone – if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.

2. If you plan to drink, arrange for alternate, safe transportation ahead of time.

3. You can be charged with impaired driving even if you are not legally drunk.

4. If you suspect a driver is impaired, record the vehicle’s license plate number and dial 911 anywhere in Alberta.

I am wishing all the constituents in the Lacombe-Ponoka constituency a safe and enjoyable Christmas season. 

As your MLA, I am always available to assist constituents. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any issue, I can be reached in my constituency office at 1-800-565-6432, 403-782-7725.

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