Operation Christmas Begins

Department of Justice

November 30, 2000 10:40 AM

Police agencies from across Nova Scotia are reminding drivers to
avoid the "mourning after" by staying sober and staying safe
behind the wheel this season.

Eleven police agencies, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving,
will deliver the message directly to drivers on Friday, Dec. 1. A
checkpoint will begin at 2 p.m. on Marshland Drive, Truro, behind
the Truro Mall. It will be the first of many throughout the
season. Ice scrapers, red ribbons and information will be
provided through the checkpoint.

"Last year, drunk drivers killed 23 people and injured another
283," said Justice Minister Michael Baker. "I want to thank these
police agencies for reminding us that we all have a
responsibility to stay safe and stay sober behind the wheel.
Together, we can make this the safest season on record."

At the checkpoints, drivers will be reminded of the province's
24-hour licence-suspension program. Any driver with a blood
alcohol level between .05 and .08, or over .08, can be removed
from the road and suspended from driving for 24 hours. Licence
suspension for second-time offenders is three years. A third
offence gets a 10-year suspension. A fourth offence means the
loss of a licence forever.

If you do spot someone drinking and driving, and wish to remain
anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers. Your tip could lead to a
cash award, and more importantly, could save someone's life.
Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-8477. Of course, you
can also call 911 or your local police to report a drunk driver.


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     Eleven police agencies are reminding Nova Scotia drivers to

stay sober and stay safe behind the wheel this holiday season.

     They're working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to

deliver the message directly to drivers on December 1st. A

checkpoint will begin at 2 p.m. on Marshland Drive, Truro, behind

the Truro Mall.

     It will be the first of many throughout the season. Ice

scrapers, red ribbons and information will be provided through

the checkpoint.

     Justice Minister Michael Baker says last year, drunk drivers

killed 23 people and injured another 283. He wants to make

this the safest season on record.

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Contact: Michele McKinnon
         Department of Justice
         902-424-6811
         E-mail: mckinngm@gov.ns.ca

         Constable Dennis Wright
         Truro Police Service
         902-893-1593

Note to editors: The participating police agencies are: Truro
Police Service, Cape Breton Regional Police, New
Glasgow/Westville Police, Stellarton Police Service, Trenton
Police Service, Springhill Police Service, Amherst Police
Service, RCMP Bible Hill Highway Patrol, Kentville Police
Service, Halifax Regional Police and Bridgewater Police Service.

kjd                      November 30, 2000     10:40 a.m.