Alberta RCMP are warning motorists about a checkstop blitz planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.
The large-scale operation will include hundreds of sheriffs from across the province working together to stop impaired driving.
RCMP said the checkstops will run throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning. Some checkstops will be mobile and moving locations in order to cover as much of the province as possible.
Drivers suspected of being impaired will be subject to road-side sobriety tests that may result in immediate licence suspensions and/or criminal charges.
“Having a checkstop blitz in early December provides a very visible reminder that the RCMP, with the help of the Alberta Sheriffs, will be out on the roads throughout the holiday season on the lookout for impaired drivers,” Insp. Steve Daley said in a Thursday news release.
The blitz is part of the RCMP’s National Day of Enforcement campaign and serves as the kickoff for Impaired Driving Enforcement Month.
Although this specific event takes place this weekend, RCMP said it marks the beginning of a month of increased and enhanced checkstops throughout the province.
According to RCMP, 3,880 people were charged with impaired driving between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016. Of those, 11 were charged with impaired driving causing death and 29 were charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm.