Manitoba RCMP have released the results of their first week of the holiday Checkstop Program. Between December 1st and 8th over 37 hundred vehicles were checked across the province during 99 checkstops. 26 people were charged with impaired driving 21 for alcohol and 5 for refusals with the highest blood alcohol level 0.23. 141 Highway Traffic Act charges were laid and 34 written warnings issued.
The RCMP note with the introduction of immediate roadside prohibition taking effect today police across Manitoba will have a new and powerful tool against impaired driving. Justice Minister Cliff Cullen states 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.