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Police checkstops pulling impaired drivers off the road


Week two of the RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program is in the books.
Between Dec. 9 and 15, police checked more than 2,500 vehicles across Manitoba during 121 checkstops.
Those checks resulted in:
• 15 people charged with a Criminal Code impaired driving offence (12 alcohol, two drug and one refusal).
• The highest blood/alcohol reading reported was 0.280.
• five alcohol or drug-related tiered administrative roadside suspensions levied.
• 184 traffic related provincial statue (Highway Traffic Act) charges laid and 14 written warnings issued.
Last year during week two, RCMP members conducted 70 checkstops, encompassing approximately 3,530 vehicles, and charged 23 people with Criminal Code impaired driving offences.
Motorists are also being reminded to stay safe while travelling and take caution on the roads.
Drive according to conditions and slow down in bad weather or on slippery roads.
Whether on a highway or in a community, the posted speed limit is intended for ideal road and weather conditions.
Other tips include:
• Be aware of snow-clearing and sanding equipment working on highways and roads. All maintenance equipment uses flashing blue warning lights.
• Stay well back of all equipment and do not attempt to pass a plow in operation from behind at any time.
• Slow down when passing approaching snowplows in operation.
• In low-visibility conditions, turn on headlights, rather than relying on daytime running lights, to help other drivers see approaching vehicles. Glowing tail lights will alert drivers approaching from behind.
• Travel with a winter emergency kit and additional blankets, water and emergency medications.
• Inform someone of planned routes and expected time of arrival.
Manitoba has 19,000 kilometres of provincial roads. Road conditions are available anytime by calling 511 toll-free, online at manitoba511.ca/en/, on Twitter at twitter.com/MBGovRoads or by downloading the 511 Manitoba app.

Staff Writer