Police across Winnipeg have been busy keeping our roads safer during the festive season so far.
The Winnipeg Police Service Central Traffic Unit has released the results from the first week of the annual Festive Checkstop Program:
• 1,459 — Vehicles stopped.
• 78 — Approved Screening Device (ASD) tests administered.
• 13 — 24-hour suspensions issued (ASD Warns).
• 19 — Drive Impaired/Over/Refusal Charges.
• 43 — Traffic-related Provincial Offence Notices (PON) issued.
In partnership with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the checkstop program started on Dec. 2 and will run throughout December, including New Year’s Eve. The goal is to reduce the number of impaired driving offences in the city during the festive season. According to officials, impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, yet it is 100% preventable.
Throughout December, motorists across Winnipeg can expect to see an increased presence of police officers on city streets. Police will be focusing on places where alcohol is being served, such as bars and restaurants, as well Christmas parties and socials. As an added deterrent, the names of drivers charged with offences related to impaired driving will again be made public, officials say.
Police are encouraging drivers to have a transport plan in place before heading out on the town. Cops say individuals should consider identifying a designated driver, taking a bus or a cab or contacting Operation Red Nose for a ride home.
If someone sees a suspected impaired driver, they are encouraged to call 911 immediately.
Southwest Winnipeg is served by WPS’ District 2.