Don't Ruin Your Holiday with a Calgary Area DUI/DWI Checkstop

Calgary uses checkstops throughout the year to catch drunk drivers and to discourage people from driving while intoxicated, and this time of year the efforts ramp up significantly—not just in Calgary but throughout Alberta. The holiday season is unfortunately also a season of high rates of drunk driving and high rates of DUI/DWI charges laid by the Calgary police, with as many as one-quarter of all intoxicated driving charges laid in December resulting from daytime or evening checkstops. Law enforcement throughout the Calgary area will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers in an attempt to keep everyone safe, so be sure to make responsible choices while driving this holiday season.

Trying to Avoid a Calgary Area Checkstop? Just Drive Sober!

Due to the Internet and the power of social media, there are plenty of sites and services that promise to keep their subscribers alert to the latest DUI/DWI checkstops set up by the Calgary police and law enforcement in neighboring areas. There are a few problems with these checkstop warning services, though, and you should think long and hard before relying on checkstop warnings to keep you safe and happy this holiday season.

First and foremost, if your goal is avoiding a checkstop you might also be ignoring the real problem with driving while intoxicated. It isn't the criminal or administrative offence you might face for driving drunk in the Calgary area that should be your first concern, it's the potential physical harm and even loss of life you can cause, to yourself and to others. Nearly 500 Canadians were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents from 2008 to 2013, and over 7,000 were injured. These deaths and injuries were 100% preventable, and no after-the-fact legal defence can erase this kind of damage once done.

Second, no one can tell you where law enforcement will be establishing checkstops in and around the Calgary area except Calgary police and other area agencies, and they aren't exactly publicizing the information. Services that promise to spot and checkstops and warn drivers about their whereabouts can't keep up; checkstops can be moved regularly, can be established covertly, and can catch even the most careful and conscientious drivers unawares.

"We'll also be very strategic as to the location, the time of day and how we set up, whether we're going to be more covert in our situation, whether we're doing roving checkstops and stop every car we can see on the highway," says Cpl. Darrin Turnbull of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit.

In short, escaping a checkstop isn't easy, and with public awareness campaigns increasing public reports of DUI in addition to traditional patrols you're more likely to face a DUI/DWI offence regardless. Your best bet for staying safe and staying out of the Calgary courts is, as always, to take a cab or have a sober friend drive you any time you've been drinking.

An Experienced Calgary DUI/DWI Defence Lawyer Can Help

If you do find yourself facing a DUI/DWI charge this holiday season, you don't have to face it alone. Whatever the circumstances of your case, you're entitled to seek the advice of an experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer. For a free initial consultation with DUI/DWI defence lawyer Susan Karpa, please contact her office today.