Over 70 impaired drivers issued sanctions in Banff since September

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Last weekend the Banff RCMP said they set up check stops within the Town of Banff and 278 vehicles were checked, and it resulted in 6 impaired driving sanctions being issued.

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“Impaired driving is a priority for December and will continue to be a focus,” said members.

Since September 1, the RCMP confirmed they issued sanctions to 66 impaired drivers in Banff.

“Let’s work together to make Banff safe. This wonderful community has some unique features as alternatives to driving. Banff is only 4 km² in size; getting to most destinations involves a short walk with amazing views! Roam Transit operates nearly until midnight and is free for Banff residents. Banff has two taxi companies, and our ski resorts provide a free shuttle service. Look after your community by allowing a professional driver to get you home safely. Impaired driving can result in the loss of your driver license, the seizure of your vehicle, fines, and criminal charges. Worst of all, you can hurt someone. Take advantage of the unique elements of this community, and keep Banff safe.”

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RCMP added that the year 2022 will go down in history as the worst year for fraud losses. As of October 31, 2022, Canadians lost $420.8 million to fraud, far exceeding any previous year.

RCMP also urged people the following tips for staying safe online. The joy and magic of the holidays may be found when unwrapping moments with loved ones. With more of our special memories and day-to-day activities taking place through phone calls and online, there is also an increased risk for frauds to occur. Here’s how you can protect yourself:

Protect your computer. Watch out for urgent-looking messages that pop up while you’re browsing online. Don’t click on them or call the number they provide. Watch out for emails with spelling and formatting errors, and be wary of clicking on any attachments or links. They may contain viruses or spyware. Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up to date. Protect your online accounts: Protect your online accounts by creating strong passwords with a minimum of 8 characters including upper and lower case letters and at least 1 number and a symbol. Don’t reuse the same password for all online accounts. Don’t be afraid to say no. If a caller tries to get you to buy something or to send them money right away, say “no” or just hang up. Do your research Verify organizations are legitimate before taking any action. Check a company’s official website for contact information and call them to confirm their phone call to you was valid. If you receive a call about a family member in trouble, talk to other family members to confirm the situation. Don’t give out personal information. If you didn’t initiate the call, you don’t know who you’re talking to. Beware of callers asking for personal information including your name, address, birthdate, Social Security Number, banking information and credit card number.

Beware of upfront fees: There are no prize fees or taxes in Canada. If you won it, it’s free. Many scams request you to pay fees in advance of receiving goods, services, or a prize. It’s illegal for a company to ask you to pay a fee upfront before they’ll give you a loan.

If you feel you may be a victim of fraud, contact us to file a report. To learn more about fraud, visit: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/cyber-safety

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