RCMP sees rise in drunk driving during first holiday checkstop

07.12.2017 11:00
By: Matthew Higgs

Twenty-one people were charged for drunk driving

Winnipeg, MB (CKLQ) - Twenty-one people were charged for drunk driving during the RCMP's first holiday check stop program of the year.

It all happened during a three day span from December 1 to December 3.

Six people were given alcohol related suspensions as well.

"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," said Inspecto Ed Moreland, Officer in Charge of Manitoba RCMP Traffic Services. "We need Manitobans to plan ahead for a safe ride home to avoid serious, and even fatal, consequences."

122 people were charged last year during the one month program.

To date in 2017, we have seen 76 people killed and another 166 seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.