RCMP warning against drunk driving

IMPAIRED DRIVING

Stettler RCMP, along with police in the entire province, will focus on impaired drivers for the month of December. Traffic will be monitored closely and checkstops will occur on a planned and random basis in an effort to detect and detain drivers who are drinking and driving.

In Alberta an average of 110 persons per year die on the highways due to impaired drivers. About 7,600 persons were convicted for impaired driving in Alberta last year. Stettler detachment has already investigated 74 impaired drivers and charged 23 persons for that offence since Jan. 1 this year. During all of 2009, 44 persons were charged with impaired driving in and around Stettler.

It is not worth the risk. If you are arrested for impaired driving the police will likely process you for about four hours, your car will be towed costing you at least $150, your drivers license will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days, and if convicted your license will be disqualified for a year, your fine will be a minimum of $1,000 and you could face up to five years in prison.

Always plan a safe ride home.

THEFT

On Nov. 24, a residence in the 4800 block of 46 Street in Stettler was broken into. Included in items taken was the home owner’s purse which contained money and credit cards.

The No Frills gas bar suffered the theft of over $90 in fuel on Nov. 25 at 6:42 p.m. after a person filled their tank and left without paying. The suspect vehicle is described as an older dark brown truck with unusually loud exhaust.

On Nov. 27 at 4:45 a.m. the Stettler Golf and Country Club clubhouse was broken into. Culprits entered the building and stole an undetermined amount of property.

The morning of Nov. 27, the Byemoor arena was discovered broken into overnight. Concession items were stolen and some vandalism occurred inside.

Can you help us solve these crimes? Call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS, or send an email to www.tipsubmit.

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