Collision leads to impaired driving charge

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.

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  1. RE: Impaired Driving Charge

    Is it possible to get more CheckStops set up late at night? There seem to be a lot of people driving impaired and NOT getting caught. Do the fines imposed on these people offset the costs of manning checkstops with overtime hours paid to our police? Maybe we can take these morons off the roads and not incur any net cost to the taxpayers.

  2. Great article! Make sure we all do our part at parties and make sure our loved ones use their other options to get home!

    Be Safe!

  3. Good points made by both responders…

    Only problem is: Those CONVICTED of impaired driving (or worse!) RARELY, bordering on NEVER, receive a sentence from our left-wing, do-gooder, liberal courts which might fit the crime. I am starting to realize perhaps WHY our provincial government has gone the way it has re: drinking and driving. If the courts won’t help reduce the problem – then the only other option appears to be that of IGNORING the courts and punishing ANYONE, even if they are not legally impaired.

    As most of your readers are aware, I personally have lost a lot of respect for law enforcement over the past couple of years. However, in regards to their efforts to curb drinking and driving, I think they are doing the best they can, with their hands tied behind their backs.
    Good on ya boys!!

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