RCMP troubled after first weekend of annual checkstop program

RCMP troubled after first weekend of annual checkstop program

The RCMP are bemoaning the high number of impairment charges stemming from the first weekend of their Holiday Checkstop program. 

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, RCMP brought 21 fresh impairment charges against drivers as well as six alcohol-related tiered suspensions. 

“It’s only week one of our Checkstop and we’re already seeing high numbers of intoxicated drivers behind the wheel. Be assured that our officers will be out in full force over the holidays to stop and arrest any driver that decides to drive impaired,” Inspector Ed Moreland, officer in charge of Manitoba RCMP Traffic Services, said in a release on Thursday. “We need Manitobans to plan ahead for a safe ride home to avoid serious, and even fatal, consequences.” 

In the 2016 Holiday Checkstop program 122 people charged with an impaired driving offence and a further 60 were handed alcohol or drug-related suspensions. 

RCMP say a total of 46 people died last year from impaired driving, with three of them coming during the holiday season. 

In 2017, 76 people have been killed and 166 seriously injured in collisions across the province. The RCMP says roughly 30% of those stem from impaired driving. 

“In the past decade, there has not been a single year when someone has not died on our road during the holiday,” Moreland said. “One more death is too many.”

The RCMP runs the checkstop program from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 each year. 

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