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Driver facing impaired charges after head on collision with Banff taxi

"It is especially unfortunate that a person who was offering safe transport was injured by someone who chose to disregard public safety. The Banff RCMP remind the public to plan ahead during the holiday season, including the use of designated drivers and other options for safe transport."
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Banff RCMP
Banff RCMP

BANFF –  A 32-year-old man is facing impaired driving charges after colliding with a local taxi cab, sending its driver to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

According to a Banff RCMP press release, officers responded to the incident on Spray Avenue Thursday morning (Dec. 19) around 2:30 a.m.

A vehicle crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic and collided with the taxi, wrote Staff Sgt. Michael Buxton-Carr in the release. 

There were no passengers in the taxi at the time, he added, and the driver was taken to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. 

The driver of the vehicle that struck the taxi, a 32-year-old man, was arrested and will appear in Canmore Provincial Court in the new year facing impaired driving charges. 

""The Banff RCMP have performed several check stops within the town site in December targeting impaired drivers," wrote Buxton-Carr. 

"In some cases, as many as 140 drivers have been checked without any criminal investigations resulting. Those results were encouraging, but this incident reminds us that impaired driving is a significant threat to public safety.

"It is especially unfortunate that a person who was offering safe transport was injured by someone who chose to disregard public safety. The Banff RCMP remind the public to plan ahead during the holiday season, including the use of designated drivers and other options for safe transport."

 



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Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006. She won the Canadian Community Newspaper Award for best news story for her coverage of the 2013 flood. In December 2018, she became editor of the Outlook.
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