Alberta drivers can expect to face more checkstops through the holiday season this year, according to RCMP.

"We're going to be as visible as we can but we're also going to be as strategic as we can, to be out there where the impaired drivers might be," said Cpl. Darin Turnbull.

Officers fanned out across the province last night with 157 checkstops as part of a countrywide crackdown.

RCMP call it one of the the biggest co-ordinated efforts of its kind in Alberta and will be working closely with tow truck operators.

"They're on standby because we know now, of course, in Alberta what used to be a 24-hour suspension for providing a breath sample between 50 and 100 is now a three-day seizure of your vehicle," said Cpl. Turnbull.

He says the roadside checkstops will be set up in places known for high rates of impaired driving.