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Police Targeting Impaired Drivers with RoadWatch Program

May 16, 2013 2:19 PM | News

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

RCMP perform a checkstop in this file photo (CHRISD.CA)

As the May long weekend draws closer, RCMP and Manitoba Public Insurance have launched their annual RoadWatch program to nab impaired drivers.

Police agencies across the province will take part in the third annual program, which has removed more than 600 drinking drivers off the road since it began. During Thursday’s launch near the weigh scales on northbound Lagimodiere Boulevard, RCMP charged three young adults with an open case of beer.

“RoadWatch complements the province’s strategy to get drinking drivers off the road,” said Justice Minister Andrew Swan.

Last year, 338 checkstops were performed over 136 days by eight police agencies, who screened 63,278 vehicles, removed 210 impaired drivers, and issued 127 Liquor Control Act infractions and Controlled Drug Substance Act violations and 2,138 Highway Traffic Act offence notices.

The RoadWatch programs runs through November.