Police in Manitoba are launching their annual Holiday Checkstop program on Friday.
This comes at the tail end of a 2016 that has seen a disturbing amount of fatalities on Manitoba roads. As of Thursday, RCMP say 105 people have died on provincial highways, while Winnipeg Police say 14 people have died on city streets.
“Our officers have responded to a fatal collision every 3.5 days,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody. “These numbers should shock all Manitobans – the truth is, if this trend continues an estimated ten more people will die on our roads during the holidays.”
The total deaths on the highways in 2015 was 80.
“We are seeing disturbing driving behaviours that are endangering the lives of Manitobans,” said Kolody. “Of tremendous concern is people drinking and then driving – but we are also seeing texting and driving, speeding and lack of seatbelt use.”
The Checkstop campaign will continue until January 2, 2017.
You’ll be slapped with $1,000 minimum fine if you blow over on the breathalyzer and you’ll be banned from driving for at least a year.
Const. Stephane Fontaine with Winnipeg Police says he has seen many tactics from drunk drivers who try and beat the breath test – everything from chewing dog treats to drinking mouth wash, but Fontaine says they’re just myths.
“When we bring you back to the station and do the evidentiary breath test, we have our procedures in place that will ensure we are not dealing with any outside contaminants,” Fontaine said. “We’ve heard the myths, we’ve put them to the test.”