By Morinville News Staff
Morinville – A 24-year-old Bon Accord man is charged with impaired driving after a late night collision outside Morinville.
Morinville RCMP and Morinville Fire Department crews were called to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 2 at the Highway 37 overpass around 11:05 p.m. Thursday night. Police say a southbound Ford Escape was rear ended by a Ford F-150. RCMP officers present at the collision determined that the driver and lone occupant of the Ford F-150 was intoxicated by alcohol and arrested him at the scene.
A 24-year-old man from Bon Accord has been charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and dangerous driving. No injuries were reported.
RCMP and traffic partners are focusing on impaired driving this month and are reminding people impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada with almost a third of all drivers in fatal collisions criminally impaired at the time of death. Drivers who choose to drive impaired face not only the possibility of killing themselves, their friends or someone else, but also serious legal, financial, social and other consequences. If you drive impaired, your luck will run out – you will get caught. Even worse, you may be involved in a severe collision that harms someone you love.
The Morinville RCMP urges everyone, including drivers, passengers and pedestrians, to stand up and remind each other that drinking and driving is not acceptable.
Educational Tips to combat drinking and driving:
1. Choose a designated driver before going out, set money aside for a bus or taxi, or call a friend.
2. Refuse to ride with drivers that may be impaired. Protect yourself from being involved in a car crash.
3. If you see an impaired driver, contact your local police department immediately.