Manitoba RCMP have released the results of week three of their Holiday Checkstop Program. 1960 vehicles were checked across the province during 42 checkstops with 22 people charged with a criminal code impaired driving offence all alcohol related. The highest blood alcohol reading reported was .230 which is almost three times the legal limit. Among other charges there were 588 highway traffic act charges laid during checkstops and regular patrols with the majority for speeding and seatbelt offences along with 142 warnings for various offences.
They also report there was one traffic related fatality during the third week of the program. On December 22nd two vehicles collided on Highway 9 about 30 kilometers north of Selkirk. The driver of one vehicle who was unbelted was pronounced dead at the scene.