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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

Category 2016 Total Since Inception
Calls 9,624 92,391
Impaired Arrests 657 8,167
Licence Suspensions 328 2,864
Letters sent to owners 567 11,268

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
Curb the Danger Brochure

Get Involved

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

For More Information

Traffic Safety

Telephone

780-495-0371

Fax 780-495-0383
Email transportationoperations@edmonton.ca

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