Mounties, city police and provincial sheriffs are teaming up for the first time to crack down on drunk driving.
Officers with the Edmonton Police Service, the RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs have kicked off a new pilot project to increase the number of checkstops in the Edmonton region.
Along with cracking down on impaired drivers, the new Joint Forces Impaired Checkstop program will collect information for analysis, such as the number of vehicles checked, 24-hour suspensions, driving with no insurance or registration, and other offences.
"Our traffic partners will use their strengths and resources to help reduce the number of incidents involving drinking and driving on our roads," said Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette in a release.
"Drinking and driving affects many lives — it’s simply not acceptable."
While launched in time for the holiday season, police officials say the pilot project is expected to wrap up March 31, 2008.