The RCMP issued a public awareness message today encouraging people to “think before they drink.”
After thirty-eight (38) years on the job, RCMP Selkirk Traffic Services Officer Sergeant Larry Dalman has seen a lot. The veteran officer can easily remember many cases over the years where lives were taken and others shattered because of impaired drivers.
“The hardest part for me is telling people their loved ones are gone, not because of anything they did, but because one poor decision by someone else sealed their fate. It never gets easy,” said Sgt. Dalman. “The reality is that people don’t get home to their families because of impaired drivers. It will keep happening unless drivers who drink or do drugs hang up their keys.”
The RCMP wants you to know that impaired driving is a criminal offence. The reality is innocent people get hurt and die. Families and friends are collateral damage. The driver ends up with criminal charges that forever changes their lives. There are no benefits to drinking and driving, only tragic stories.
The RCMP advise that approximately 40% of fatal crashes that occur in rural Manitoba involve an impaired driver. In 2012, the RCMP charged approximately seventeen hundred (1,700) drivers with impaired driving offences.
Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada.
As the May long weekend approaches, many motorists will be travelling to visit family and friends. The RCMP will be working hard to keep everyone save on Manitoba roadways. Drivers are urged to make smart decisions. If you know you will be consuming alcohol – plan ahead. Get a designated driver or spend the night where you are drinking. The best decisions are made sober. If you suspect someone is impaired on the road, please contact the Police.
Above all else, think before you drink!
Have a safe long weekend.