Edmonton's Curb the Danger program celebrates 10 years of combating impaired driving

by Caley Ramsay

Since it's inception in 2006, the Edmonton Police Service Curb the Danger (CTD) program has led to nearly 8,000 arrests for impaired driving.

The program is rather simple, it encourages Edmontonians to do the following if they suspect someone is driving drunk:

  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so.
  • Report the location, vehicle description, and license plate number.
  • If possible, keep the vehicle in sight but do not attempt to chase the vehicle, or break the law to do so.
Every year, between 38 and 40 percent of vehicles pulled over by police lead to an impaired driving charge or licence suspension.

"Traffic safety affects just about everyone, so we look to our partnership with the community to help keep our streets as safe as possible," CTD program coordinator Barney Stevens said.

"Since 2006, we have received over 88,000 Curb the Danger calls, resulting in almost 8,000 impaired driving arrests and more than 2,700 roadside suspensions. The continued vigilance of Edmontonians has been remarkable."

Curb the Danger accounts for about 40 percent of all impaired driving charges laid by the Edmonton Police Service.

If police receive information about a vehicle they aren't able to track but have the licence plate number, a letter is sent to the owner of the vehicle to inform them their vehicle was reported to the Curb the Danger program.

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