Impaired driver pulled over with child riding shotgun

Edmonton police officers got a surprise they weren't expecting when they stopped a suspected impaired driver in March.

The Edmonton Police Service says officers responded to reports of an impaired driver in the area of the Whitemud and 178th street around 1:30 in the afternoon.

Officers caught up with the vehicle around 34th ave and 48th street and stopped the car.

The driver stepped out of the vehicle and officers spotted a seven year old boy riding shotgun. Officers recovered a partially consumed bottle of liquor in the vehicle and charged the driver with impaired driving after a blood alcohol reading of over three times over the legal limit.

For the month of March 2014, there were 766 calls from the public to report suspected impaired drivers, which resulted in 248 intercepts, 57 impaired charges, 26 24-hour suspensions, and 53 letters sent to the registered vehicle owners because police could not intercept the vehicle.

Signs that could indicate an impaired driver:

  • unreasonably fast or slow speeds or inconsistent speeds
  • frequent lane changes or swerving when passing
  • ignoring traffic signals and signs
  • approaching traffic signals and signs unreasonably fast or slow
  • sitting at stop signs for long periods of time
  • jerky starts and stops
  • driving too close to the curbs and shoulders
  • hugging the edge of the road or straddling the center line
  • driving at night without lights
  • driving with the windows down in cold weather

If you see a suspected impaired driver:

Call 9-1-1 and report the incident immediately. Under Bill 16 of the Distracted Driving legislation, drivers are permitted to use hand-held devices to contact 9-1-1 emergency services.

  • Take note of the location
  • Report the license plate number as well as the vehicle description
  • If possible, keep the vehicle in sight
  • Do NOT attempt to chase the vehicle or break the law in order to stay close