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Police remind Manitobans to drive sober during the holidays, always

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From Jan. 1 to Dec. 12, 87 people lost their lives in 78 vehicle collisions across Manitoba. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in 27 of these collisions.
“The RCMP remains committed to removing impaired drivers off our roads through the annual Checkstop program,” said Insp. Chris Moore, officer in charge of Traffic Services for the Manitoba RCMP.
“We know it works. Over the last six Checkstop campaigns in Manitoba RCMP jurisdiction, 637 people have been charged with Impaired Driving and 300 alcohol-related suspensions have been issued.”
Week one of the 2019 RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program, from Dec. 1 to 8, has resulted in:
• over 3700 vehicles checked across Manitoba during 99 checkstops;
• 26 people charged with a Criminal Code Impaired Driving offence (21 alcohol, 5 refusals);
• The highest blood alcohol reading reported was 0.23;
• 15 alcohol or drug-related tiered administrative roadside suspensions; and
• 141 traffic related Highway Traffic Act charges laid and 34 written warnings issued.
With the introduction of immediate roadside prohibition taking effect, Dec. 16, police across Manitoba have a new and powerful tool against impaired driving.
“The Checkstop program saves lives, by effectively identifying and removing impaired drivers off our roads,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen.
“To help support police and create stronger consequences to deter impaired driving, our government has implemented immediate roadside prohibition. This new approach will allow officers to get drunk drivers off our roads in a matter of minutes and head back out on patrol more quickly.”
The Checkstop program runs until Jan. 1, 2020.
Every Manitoba RCMP detachment and traffic services unit is expected to participate in the Checkstop program with the goal of removing impaired and high-risk drivers from Manitoba roads.

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