Manitoba RCMP charged 28 people with impaired driving during the first week of Holiday Checkstop. The program was officially launched December 1st and runs until January 1st focusing on the detection of high risk drivers with week one resulting in approximately 25 hundred vehicles checked across the province during 59 checkstops. 28 people were charged with impaired driving including 23 for alcohol, 2 for drugs and 3 refusals with the highest blood alcohol reading 3.5 times more that the legal limit. Nine people were charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle, ten ticketed for using a hand held electronic device while driving and four for not wearing a seatbelt.
The RCMP remind you to buckle up, drive sober, put your phone down, drive for conditions and ensure everyone gets home safely.