Manitoba RCMP Launch 2016 Holiday Checkstop Program

Manitoba RCMP Launch 2016 Holiday Checkstop Program

Scott Kolody
Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, Commanding Officer of “D” Division RCMP, speaks during a news conference in Winnipeg on Thursday, December 1, 2016. (RCMP / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — As holiday gatherings increase, Manitoba RCMP want to remind revellers to not drink and drive.

So far this year, 105 people have been killed on the province’s roadways. The total in 2015 was 80.

“We are seeing disturbing driving behaviours that are endangering the lives of Manitobans,” said Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, Commanding Officer of “D” Division RCMP.

“Of tremendous concern is people drinking and then driving — but we are also seeing texting and driving, speeding and lack of seatbelt use.”

The RCMP checkstop campaign begins Friday, December 2 and will run until January 2, 2017.

Police want drivers to buckle up, drive sober and put down their phones while driving.

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