Launch of the National concerted alcohol-drugs operation

The Régie de police Thérèse-De Blainville (RIPTB) and all police services in Quebec, in collaboration with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), will intensify their interventions, from November 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022, as part of the national concerted operation (ONC) targeting the ability to drive impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. These interventions will result, among other things, in the presence of checkpoints where mandatory screening could be carried out randomly.

On the occasion of the launch of the ONC Alcool-Drogues on November 26, roadside checkpoints will be held throughout Quebec, day, evening and night. In addition, throughout this ONC, an awareness campaign will be deployed, in particular on the various social media platforms of police organizations and the SAAQ. This campaign aims to remind drivers of the consequences of being able to drive impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two.

The RIPTB reminds us:

Despite the awareness campaigns, the police presence and the many options available to avoid getting behind the wheel, each year, on average, from 2015 to 2019, alcohol was the cause of crashes resulting in:

85 deaths (24% of the total annual deaths);

220 seriously injured people (15% of the total seriously injured people);

Each year, on average, from 2015 to 2019, the presence of drugs or medication was detected in 37% of deceased drivers who were tested (the presence of drugs does not necessarily mean that the driver’s abilities were impaired at the time of the collision).

Cannabis was the drug most often detected (21% of deceased drivers having been tested)

This concerted national operation is organized as part of a partnership between the Sûreté du Québec, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, the ‘Association of Quebec Police Directors, SAAQ and Quebec Road Control.