168 Manitobans were charged with drinking and driving during the 2008-2009 holiday check stop program. Collision analyst Sergeant Wayne Blackmore says although Manitoba saw an increase of almost double the number of impaired drivers, RCMP are not surprised. He says that’s because they did over 600 check stops compared to fewer than 400 last year. The four week program ended Friday. RCMP set up 613 check stops, stopping more than 20,000 vehicles, nearly double than last years total. The 168 drinking and driving offenses are up from 92 during the same period a year ago. There were sixty seven 24 hour suspensions handed out. Police say six people were killed in five separate motor vehicle accidents last month and 217 people were penalized for failing to wear a seatbelt.
Do people just not learn? Do they not care about themselves and others on the road?? What is it going to take to get people to wake up and realize that drinking and driving KILLS?!?!?!? This was only 4 weeks so it just makes me wonder how many people must be drinking and driving all year round. It’s scary!!