Lloydminster RCMP are encouraging residents not to drink and drive over Christmas.

The police say that because of all the parties people will attend, it’s best to make alternate arrangements.

“If you’re going to be going out to a Christmas party, and you know that you’re going to be drinking, we just remind you to have a safe ride home, whether that’s a cab, a friend, a designated driver, or even just plan to stay overnight,” said Constable Grant Kirzinger. “We always recommend that you never drive drunk, and that you always focus on keeping yourself and other motorists safe.

Kirzinger also says that there will be check stops throughout the week, and those who drive impaired will face charges.

“Impaired driving is a criminal code offence,” Kirzinger said. “So you can be charged under the criminal code, and face anything from fines to jail time. There [are] lots of different punishment possibilities. We have administrative driving prohibitions through the provinces, whether that be 3, 5, 7, 30 day driving prohibitions, and impoundment of people’s vehicles and fines associated with that… If you are charged with impaired driving, you will have your license suspended until the completion of court.”

Kirzinger also recommends that anyone going on road trips over Christmas plan ahead by preparing an emergency kit including blankets and candles, as well as to let people know where you’re going and when you plan to arrive.