Seven Arrested for Impaired Driving Overnight

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg police arrested seven impaired drivers overnight as part of their annual Holiday Check Stop Program.

The recent batch of arrests range in age from 19- to 55-years-old, and are part of the 55 drivers arrested this year as part of the program, which began on December 3.

The first arrest took place on Regent Avenue at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, after the motorist was involved in a collision. The last arrest occurred early Saturday morning when police stopped a vehicle for erratic driving in the area of Speers Road and Betournay Street.

Males account for 51 arrests, while four females have been arrested.

Compared to last year, more impaired driving charges are expected before the campaign is over. In 2009, 3,295 vehicles were checked, resulting in 57 arrests. Police have stopped 1,422 vehicles this year and the number of arrests is only two away from last year’s total.

Police are publishing the names of drivers on their website once formal charges have been laid.

The program will wrap up January 2.