Kings RCMP officer helps send an important message

Published on June 7, 2017

Kings District RCMP officer Constab. Brandon McInnis returns some newly decorated paper bags back to Wolfville’s NSLC manager Karol Halliday.

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WOLFVILLE NS – Grade 5 students at Wolfville School sent colourful anti-drinking and driving messages recently to patrons of the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission.

Newly posted Kings District RCMP officer Constab. Brandon McInnis met with the students earlier this week. Initially he said they wanted to ask questions about his uniform.
Eventually McInnis turned the conversation to the problem of drinking and driving.
“They had already got the message about alcohol,” he said, “and mixing driving and drinking.”
The elementary school students were keen to send a message to drivers, McInnis said. Most added artwork to two of the paper NSLC bags.
“They loved it,” he said and more bags will likely be decorated.
Community police officer Constab. Kelli Gaudet noted that the artwork prepared by the students sends a “really important message.”
McInnis is a new general duty officer in New Minas and was completing a required community relations project.
The Prince Edward Island native said he bounced ideas around his family, who have an RCMP background. The concept of the positive messaging won out.

Did you know?
On May 20 during National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, Nova Scotia RCMP charged 17 motorists for impaired driving and issued nine roadside suspensions.
Of those charged with impaired driving, 14 were impaired by alcohol and three were impaired by drug. Additionally this year, Nova Scotia RCMP issued nine roadside suspensions due to driving with a Blood Alcohol Content between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in one hundred milliliters of blood (50 mg per cent to 80 mg per cent).