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May Long Spot Checks to Ding Impaired Drivers

May 18, 2012 8:40 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

RCMP perform a checkstop near the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA FILE)

If a road trip makes up your May long weekend plans, you may come across a roadside spot check.

Manitoba Public Insurance’s RoadWatch campaign will see an increased police presence looking for impaired drivers and other infractions across the province.

MPI says 104 people are killed in traffic crashes every year in Manitoba, with alcohol being involved in about one-third of them.

“Many alcohol-related crashes are totally preventable. If you’re going to drink, know beforehand how you are going to get home safely,” said Ted Hlynsky of Manitoba Public Insurance. “Plan ahead — think before you drink.”

Last year, RoadWatch conducted 135 check stop dates at 337 locations, screened 58,830 vehicles, removed 232 impaired drivers and issued 140 Liquor Control Act infractions, and 26 Controlled Drug Substance Act violations.

The program runs from May long weekend to November.