RCMP to conduct checkpoints for Canada Road Safety Week

Don't be surprised if you encounter an RCMP checkpoint this week.

As part of Canada Road Safety Week, which runs May 14-20, the Mounties will be conducting checkpoints across the province, focusing on safe driving measures.

The RCMP say impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and improper seat belt use are the leading causes of fatal and serious injury collisions in Canada.

Staff Sgt. Jeff West says wearing your seatbelt, driving sober, staying focused and travelling at safe speeds are simple things everyone can do to make roads safer.

The Mounties say drivers who come through checkpoints may encounter sobriety testing, including:
- Approved Screening Devices (done roadside to test breath samples for alcohol) 
- Approved Instruments (usually done at detachments to test breath samples for alcohol) 
- Dräger DrugTest 5000 Approved Drug Screening Equipment (done roadside to test oral fluid for THC [the pharmacological active ingredient in cannabis] and cocaine) 
- Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (usually done roadside to test for impairment by alcohol and/or drugs) 
- Drug Influence Evaluations (usually done at a detachment to test for impairment by drugs) 
- Blood samples (done by a medical professional to test for blood drug concentration)