Checkstop check up
Published Monday, July 9, 2012 4:25PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, July 9, 2012 6:33PM MDT
Calgary Police are out on the streets ensuring locals and visitors are having a safe Stampede and they are also keeping an eye out for those who climb behind the wheel after tipping a few at parties and special events.
Police say they have not added additional drunk driving enforcers to the regime just because it is Stampede.
“We do have our regular night time checkstops, running through the Stampede, 10 days like any other week. At this point we don't have an enhanced checkstop like you'd see during the Christmas season for example,” said CPS Acting Inspector Mike Watterston.
During Christmas, extra units are in place as the program is funded separately and involves numerous agencies.
Police say a similar kind of arrangement would be needed in order to increase checkstops at Stampede.
Police officials point out that there are already year round checkstops and every officer on patrol is on the lookout for drunks behind the wheel.
“We do have checkstops year round, we're about the only agency in North America that has year round checkstops. We field it each and every week, 52 weeks a year,” said Watterston.
Alberta’s Minister of Justice Jonathan Denis says there is assistance available.
“The local police can request assistance from the province, and we would say yes. The sheriffs can come out and assist them. We’ve not had that request at this particular time for this year,” said Denis.
The Minister says the message remains the same regardless of the time of year.
“If you drink, plan ahead. Go and get a designated driver, go and take public transit, basically just don't drink and drive,” said Denis.