Police stop more motorists, lay fewer charges in holiday checkstop program

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Week four of the RCMP’s holiday checkstop program, which ran from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, has resulted in over 2190 vehicles checked across Manitoba during 80 checkstops. During these stops, police charged 20 people with criminal code impaired driving offences. 16 of which were alcohol impairment and four were refusals to blow in a roadside screening device – the highest blood/alcohol reading reported was 0.220. Police also issued seven alcohol or drug-related roadside suspensions.

Last year during week four, RCMP members conducted 47 checkstops, checked approximately 1400 vehicles, and charged 29 people with impaired driving offences.

TOTAL PROGRAM RESULTS 

During the month-long RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program, 11,477 vehicles were checked during 386 checkstops across the province and RCMP charged 80 people with impaired driving – 67 alcohol, 2 drug, 11 refusal. Police issued 24 alcohol-related tiered suspensions, three drug-related tiered suspensions, 17 immediate roadside prohibitions – six warnings, nine fails, two refusals).

Police are also reporting that 11 people lost their lives in nine traffic-related collisions during this period.

Last year during the 2018/19 program, RCMP checked 11,714 vehicles during 262 checkstops. Police charged 105 people with a impaired driving offences and issued an additional 32 alcohol and drug-related tiered suspensions.

There were five traffic-related fatalities during last year’s checkstop program.

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