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Alcohol Dominated the Checkstop Program last week.

Manitoba RCMP completed the second week of their Holiday Checkstop program last Sunday.  They report 70 checkstops were conducted around the province with approximately 3530 vehicles checked.  18 people were charged with impaired driving by alcohol with the highest blood alcohol reading .300 which is nearly four times the legal limit.  5 people were charged with refusing a breath demand, there were 8 alcohol related tiered suspensions and 17 people were charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle. Their report noted there was one traffic related fatality during the week in Pukatawagan which did not involve alcohol impairment. As well a vehicle stopped in Steinbach was found to be stolen with further investigation determining the Winnipeg driver was also in possession of counterfeit currency, break in tools and drug paraphernalia. He was charged, the vehicle seized and the investigation continues.

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