Drunk Driving Charges Up from Last Year: RCMP

The results of the 2010/2011 RCMP Holiday Check Stop Program were released on Tuesday, accounting for 115 people being charged with impaired driving. There were seven more individuals charged compared to 2009/2010.

In total, 20,774 vehicles were checked, which also resulted in 52 24-hour alcohol-related roadside suspensions.

Another 129 drivers were charged with not wearing seat belts.

RCMP also charged 1,450 motorists with traffic-related provincial statute offenses.

During the campaign, there were three fatal collisions — alcohol is believed to a factor in at least one of them. During 2009/2010, there were eight fatal collisions, where only one was considered to be related to alcohol.

In the last week of the program alone (December 27 to January 2), 24 people were charged with drunk driving.