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RCMP wrap up Holiday Checkstop program

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Manitoba RCMP wrapped up the 2018 Holiday checkstop program with a fourth week of enforcement from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.
The final week of the checkstops around the province resulted in:
• 47 checkstops conducted across Manitoba with approximately 1,433 vehicles checked;
• 24 people charged with impaired driving (23 by alcohol and one by drugs);
• five people charged with refusing a breath demand;
• The highest blood/alcohol reading reported was .310 (just under four times the legal limit);
• nine alcohol-related tiered suspensions; and
• nine people charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle.
There were two traffic-related fatalities that occurred this past week. One occurred on Hwy. 16 near Gladstone and another in Berens River.
Last year during week four, RCMP members conducted 22 checkstops, and checked 1,366 vehicles, resulting in 21 people being charged with a Criminal Code Impaired Driving offence (impaired, over .08, refusal, impaired by drugs).
Total results
During the month-long RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program, 11,714 vehicles were checked during 262 checkstops, and RCMP:
• charged 90 people with impaired driving (87 by alcohol and three by drugs);
• charged 15 people with refusing a breath demand;
• issued 30 alcohol-related tiered suspensions;
• issued two drug-related tiered suspensions; and
• charged 49 people with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle.
Five people lost their lives in traffic-related collisions during this year’s checkstop program.
Last year during the 2017-18 program, RCMP checked 8,333 vehicles during 176 checkstops. RCMP charged 117 people with a Criminal Code Impaired Driving offence and issued an additional 51 alcohol and drug-related tiered suspensions.
There was one traffic-related fatality during last year’s Checkstop program.

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Staff Writer
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