Friday, December 9, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service


Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Festive Season Checkstop Program

Week #1 Results

The Festive Season Checkstop program is on the road for 2016. Through the month of December, including New Year's Eve, motorists can expect to see an increased presence of police officers on Winnipeg roadways, enforcing Impaired Driving legislation.

While we accept our responsibility to enforce this legislation, we take this opportunity to remind Winnipeggers that they have an important role to play in preventing impaired driving and the all too often human costs associated with this crime.Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, yet it is 100% preventable.

Our message is simple, if you choose to drink or do drugs, DON'T DRIVE.

"Leave the keys at home and avoid the temptation." says Constable Stephane Fontaine, Impaired Driving Countermeasures Coordinator. "Your ability to make safe and sound decisions quickly diminishes while impaired.  Designate a sober driver for the night."

"With the many safe alternatives for a ride home this holiday season, ask yourselves – and your loved ones – Why drive under the influence?" #YDUI

The Winnipeg Police Service would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable festive season. The Festive Season Checkstop program is made possible through a partnership with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

The following results represent week #1 of the program:

425 - Vehicle stopped
33 - Roadside breath tests administered
9 - Drive Impaired / Drive Over 80mg% / Refusal charges
6 - ASD warnings resulting in 72 hour driver's license suspension issued
42 - Traffic related Provincial Offence Notices (PON) issued


For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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