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Police charge more drivers over this season's Checkstop program

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The final results are in from the annual Festive Season Checkstop program.

According to the Winnipeg Police Service’s central traffic unit, 55 drivers were charged with impaired or refusing to conduct an approved screening device test (breathalyzer) test over the last five weeks. Of those 55 motorists, 44 were males.

Those numbers are up from the 2012 program. Last holiday season, there were 42 charges laid (36 to male drivers).

All told, 4,106 vehicles were pulled over during the 2013 Checkstop program (up from 4,069 a year ago), with 246 breathalyzers administered. On top of the 55 charges, there were also 43 24-hour suspensions, 141 tickets handed out for traffic-related offences, and five other arrests.

Winnipeg police report the average age of the 55 people facing impaired/refusal charges is 34 years old, with the oldest being 66 and the youngest just 16 years of age.

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