RCMP, Police Launch Holiday Checkstop Programs

RCMP perform a checkstop near the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue on December 2, 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba RCMP and Winnipeg police launched their annual holiday checkstop programs Monday morning.

The programs remain focused on high risk drivers, particularly those driving impaired. Police will also be checking for those not wearing seatbelts, speeding, or using hand-held devices.

The programs will run throughout the holiday season until Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

So far this year, there have been 76 fatal collisions resulting in 84 deaths in Manitoba RCMP jurisdiction. Thirty-nine of the 83 deaths are attributed to impaired driving.

Police also suggest motorists use Operation Red Nose as a designated driver if celebrating this holiday season. The free service launched this past Friday.