About the Program
The Curb the Danger program targets people suspected of driving while impaired. The Edmonton Police Service program started as a pilot project October 2006 and became permanent in January 2007.
Important Notice: The Distracted Driving Legislation in Alberta provides an exemption to allow the use of a hand held cellular device to report an emergency which includes a possible impaired driver reported to 9-1-1.
How it Works
- The public calls 9-1-1 when they see someone they suspect is driving while impaired.
- That information is then communicated to response members who attempt to intercept the vehicle.
- If the vehicle or driver cannot be intercepted and attempts to locate them fail, a letter is sent to the registered owner of the offending vehicle indicating the time and date it was reported to police.
Why it Works
Curb the Danger Summary of Results
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The Curb the Danger program is successful because of the efforts of many different people: the public who report the incident, the police communications personnel who take the 9-1-1 calls, and the response members who intercept the vehicles.
- Roughly 35% of vehicles intercepted through Curb the Danger ended in an impaired driving charge or license suspension
- It has also captured the attention of other cities and police services around the world
Recognize the signs
A driver might be impaired if they:
- Drive too fast, too slow, or inconsistently
- Change lanes often, or swerve when passing
- Ignore traffic signals and signs
- Approach traffic signals and signs too fast or too slow
- Sit at stop signs for a long time
- Have jerky starts or stops
- Drive too close to the curb or shoulder
- Hug the edge of the road or straddle the centre line
- Drive at night without lights
- Drive with the windows down in cold weather
What to Do
If you think a driver might be impaired:
- Call 911 as soon as safely possible
- Give the operator the vehicle’s: Location, Direction, Description, and License plate number
- Keep the vehicle in sight if you can
- don't try to chase the vehicle or break the law in order to stay close