More cops on the road for Impaired Driving Week

RCMP file photo of 2015 check stop in Yellowknife.

It’s National Impaired Driving Prevention Week and RCMP in the NWT want motorists to be aware that officers will be out on the roads in full force.

Hay River Corporal Todd Scaplen, with Traffic Services, says it’s all about education and safety.

“It’s all about education and safety on our roads” states Cpl Todd Scaplen, with the NT RCMP Traffic Services. “We want the public to understand the dangers of driving impaired, and ultimately, we want to stop impaired driving, so we will be out on our roads and conducting traffic check stops and talking about the various forms of impaired driving”.

Officers will be out on NWT roads this week,  conducting traffic check stops and talking to motorists about the various forms of impaired driving.

Scaplen adds they have established tools and tests for alcohol impairment – and they are updating training to detect drug-impaired drivers.

Mounties are also increasing the number of drug-recognition-enforcement officers across the country.

This comes ahead of Canada’s legalization of cannabis which is set to take place this July.

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