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28 charged with impaired driving in final week of checkstops

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Police charged 28 people with drunk driving during the final week of the RCMP Christmas Checkstop program.

More than 4,000 vehicles were checked during the program’s final week, which went from December 24, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

An RCMP D Division release said the 28 people arrested were charged with driving over 0.08 or impaired driving, and five were more charged with refusal during the same time period. Police also charged 33 people for failing to wear their seatbelts, said the release.

During the four weeks the campaign ran, police said 141 people were charged with offences related to impaired driving.

More than 17,000 vehicles were checked, said the RCMP release. During the 2012-2013 campaign, police also laid 98 charges for not wearing a seatbelt, and more than 2,400 other offences under the provincial Highway Traffic Act.

Gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

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