Daytime Checkstops Create Traffic Snafu

Posted by: Kenny Chan onDecember 11th, 2008

The Christmas party season is well underway and the Calgary Police Service has expanded their Checkstop program to run 24 hours a day. With the holiday season, police expect that there will be many people who will get behind the wheel after having a few drinks at their company parties. Normally, these drivers would be able to drive without fear of being stopped at a Checkstop because they normally run in the evenings and on the weekends.

While I was skeptical about the program, I was dead wrong about it not having much of an impact. For two days this week the Calgary Police were able to cause traffic to come to a complete standstill on a major throughfare at 3:00pm. When the Checkstops were closed early into rush hour, it was too late as thousands of motorists entered traffic hell.

I’m not sure how many drunk drivers were taken off our roads, but I question the timing and locations of these Checkstops. I’m all for pulling drunk drivers off the road, but not at the expense of grinding our road network to a halt. Maybe they should try setting up numerous smaller scale Checkstops at Parkade exits and rotate them. A team of 4 officers per parkade would be able to check vehicles without adding much delay for motorists. Just a thought!

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  1. Tarrant says:

    Almost as bad as putting up a speed trap during rush hour on snowy roads.

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