The Quebec police services, in collaboration with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), revealed the results of the concerted national Alcohol-Drug operation that took place from November 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022.
These were operations were deployed throughout the province. During this period, more than 3,500 roadside checks targeting alcohol-impaired driving, drugs or a combination of the two have been deployed across the province. The establishment of these checkpoints has enabled the police to raise the awareness of tens of thousands of drivers.
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More than 650 drivers were arrested for driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. Over 1,400 drivers provided a breath sample for the approved screening device and more than 130 drivers underwent movement coordination tests. This concerted national operation was organized in partnership with the Association of Quebec Police Directors, the Sûreté du Québec, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.
Although the holiday season is over, police operations to prevent impaired driving will continue throughout the year. The RIPTB (Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville) reminds the population that patrol officers can intercept motorists in order to detect impaired driving and arrest drivers at fault. They use different techniques and tools to detect drugs and alcohol in drivers. In addition, the current mandatory testing allows police to demand that a driver provide a breath sample at the roadside, whether or not they suspect that the driver has recently consumed alcohol.
Finally, the 2021-2026 Transportation Network Safety Strategy, “Human life, at the heart of our actions”, aims to reduce the number of fatal collisions and collisions that seriously injure on road and recreational tourism networks. Courses of action are implemented in each of the distinct courses of action: Partnership, Intervention, Awareness, Technology, Evaluation (PISTE) by the Sûreté du Québec and its partners, in order to work together towards a common objective, that of making our roads, trails and bodies of water safer. No matter what time of year, the RIPTB suggests: if you go out and plan to take alcohol or drugs, plan an alternative!