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Winnipeg Police Festive Checkstop Program Launching This Weekend

November 30, 2018 1:07 PM | News

RCMP Checkstop

A joint roadside checkstop program by Manitoba RCMP, Winnipeg police and CP police at the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue on Friday, December 15, 2017. (RCMP HANDOUT / FILE)

If you’re under the influence, Winnipeg police have a simple message for you: don’t drive.

Police begin their annual Festive Checkstop Program this weekend, operating every day in December. Motorists can expect to see an increased police presence on the streets looking for impaired drivers.

New this year, police will also be focusing on drivers impaired by cannabis or cocaine using newly approved drug screening equipment.

“Plan ahead and take advantage of the various transportation options available to you. Take a cab, hop on a bus, call Operation Red Nose or simply arrange to have designated driver. There is no reason to drive under the influence,” police said in a release.

Manitoba RCMP will also be running their own checkstop program for areas outside of city limits.