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December 13, 2012
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Police services combat impaired driving through joint operations

Environment, Labour and Justice

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Police services on Prince Edward Island will cooperate to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season, says Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice, Janice Sherry.

“Impaired driving is a serious and recurring safety problem on roads across this province, and it is tragic that the holiday season is often associated with drinking and driving,” said Ms. Sherry. “Working together, our Island police services will set up effective check-points to enforce laws against impaired driving. I join with our police in the hope that this effort will lead to safer roads for all Islanders.”

Over the next few weeks, the RCMP, Charlottetown Police Services, Summerside Police Services, Kensington Police Service and Highway Safety officers will be working together to set up random check-points across the Island.

The roadside checks will run throughout the holiday season.

Police are also counting on the public to support enforcement efforts by reporting suspected impaired drivers through the 911 system.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is senseless and dangerous,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Robert Vessey. “That’s why our government is toughening measures to keep impaired drivers off our roads, such as a stronger ignition interlock program.”

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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