WINNIPEG – 17 people were charged with drunk driving in the third week of the RCMP’s Holiday Checkstop program, including one case where the driver was caught going 135 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.
From December 20-26, 1,733 vehicles were checked at 40 different locations. The highest blood/alcohol reading was 0.27, which is three and a half times the legal limit.
There were eight roadside suspensions, three people who refused to take part in a breath test, and one person was charged with drug-impaired driving.
Mounties also issued 531 other traffic code charges, five liquor and gaming offences, and seven other criminal code driving offences.
The numbers compare somewhat favourably to last year during week three of the program. In 2015, there were three deaths on the road compared to one this year in Minnedosa. The number of impaired driving offences also dropped from last year’s total of 23.