It's a happy day at the Drumheller RCMP Detachment because the weekend wasn't as busy as they had feared.
RCMP detachments in Alberta held a province-wide checkstop campaign on Saturday, December 3 and early Sunday morning to remind people not to drink and drive during the holiday season.
"We don't measure success by the amount of charges laid, we measure our success by the amount of charges we don't lay," explained Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles, the detachment commander. "We only had one impaired driver, so I think that's terrific, people are actually getting the message and they're making the decision not to drink and drive."
Charles noted the checkstops in and around the Drumheller Valley on Saturday night and Sunday morning stopped hundreds of vehicles and only a couple of drivers were asked to take a roadside sobriety test.
"We want people to make sure you make those arrangements, pre-plan your festivities, leave your keys or take a taxi , have a designated driver - there's so many options out there," he advised. "There is no excuse, there are no circumstances in which you need to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you've been drinking."
"At the time, people think I'll be fine, I'll be fine, but it only takes that one instance where a life is lost, and then you have the rest of your life to think about what you've done and you wish you hadn't made that mistake."
While he is delighted with the results of last weekend's checkstops, Charles promises they won't be the last ones before Christmas and New Year's Eve.