With Christmas just around the corner, a lot of us will be attending parties and get togethers with family and friends. Some of us will drink and, unfortunately, some will choose to drive afterwards.
Those people could have an unhappy meeting with Drumheller's traffic enforcement officer.
"We're always going to be very strong on enforcement, in particular around the Christmas season, because people tend to celebrate and sometimes the celebration gets a little out of hand and people make poor decisions," explained RCMP constable Eric Doucette. "It seems to happen in increased numbers around this time of year, every year, and I expect this Christmas season will be no different."
"We'll definitely have some checkstops, it's something we like to do every year," reported Doucette. "We like to get ourselves out there to make ourselves very visibile to the public and let them know that we're going to be actively pursuing impaired drivers. The more we're out there and the more visible we are, it tends to make people make better decisions."
About a half dozen people were arrested for impaired driving by Drumheller RCMP in the weeks shortly before and after Christmas last year: Doucette himself charged three motorists. He doesn't understand because there are so many other options.
"We have three cab companies here in Drumheller (and) most people here have family," he pointed out. "We say to our kids, although they're not that age yet, if ever it comes down to that, give us a call: that's one thing that we're always going to make sure that we offer rides for."