Recognized for taking impaired drivers off streets – Alberta News

Recognized for taking impaired drivers off streets – Alberta News

Two members with Wetaskiwin RCMP were honoured for their dedication to keeping the city’s street safe from impaired drivers.

 

Const. David Yome and Const. Ben Desjardins were recognized with Cpl. Cumming’s Watch in Edmonton earlier this month.

Cpl. Cumming’s Watch is a collaborative effort between Alberta RCMP, MADD Canada and Alberta Transportation to support police efforts in the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers on Alberta roadways. The program is named in honour of Cpl. Graeme Cumming, a member of the RCMP who was killed on duty by an impaired driver while attending a traffic incident on Highway 3 near Lethbridge, Alberta on August 12, 1998.

In 2016, there were 6,225 files involving impaired driving in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. An Alberta Transportation study found that on average in Alberta, one in five drivers involved in fatal collisions had been drinking prior to the collision (based on data from 2009-2013).

For charging between 15 and 24 impaired drivers during a calendar year, officers receive a certificate of recognition and a Silver Challenge Coin. For charging more than 25 impaired drivers during a calendar year, officers receive a certificate of recognition and a Gold Challenge Coin. This year, 11 police officers received Gold Coin Challenge awards and 22 received Silver Coin Challenge awards.

Const. Yome tallied 31 charges and Const. Desjardins had 30.

Maskwacis RCMP investigates two deaths

Police were investigating the death of a man after a home invasion Monday at a Samson Cree Nation residence in central Alberta.

Maskwacis RCMP responded to a disturbance call around 1:50 a.m….



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