RCMP reminding public to keep safe while driving this holiday season

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Other factors RCMP say can be overlooked during the holiday season is making sure you have a ride home or a place to stay once you commit to a night on the sauce, to avoid the temptations of driving under the influence. It’s also important not to offer designated drivers alcoholic beverages, eliminating the temptation to even have "just one".

Another important piece of information to know prior to beginning a night of celebrating is that any distance is too far to drive when alcohol is involved. According to RCMP, the majority of impaired driving collisions happen within five kilometres of where the driver left from.

RCMP also offer a list of signs to help people locate impaired drivers also on the road. Some things to keep an eye out for include driving at inconsistent speeds, drifting in and out of lanes, making exceptionally wide turns, driving with windows open despite cold weather conditions and overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or traffic lights.

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If you're driving and happen to come across a suspected drunk driver, RCMP ask you to pull over as soon as it is safe to do so, contact RCMP and provide the necessary information on the suspected vehicle, such as location, licence plate, vehicle descriptions and its direction of travel.

Impaired driving suspensions, vehicle impoundments and fines all start at .05 blood alcohol concentration.

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