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Busy long weekend for Westman Mounties

Some huge fines for speeding were doled out by Westman RCMP officers over the weekend, including one that was nearly a thousand dollars.

The long weekend is usually an active one for RCMP officers on traffic duty — and Labour Day was no exception in western Manitoba. However, only a single driver was found to have been drinking, with a blood-alcohol level that was low enough to warrant just a 24-hour suspension and no charges.

The speeding ticket blitz started Friday, Aug. 29, when a total of 18 charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act. This included a 21-year-old man from out of the country who was charged for speeding when he was caught driving at 169 kilometres per hour on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Brandon. His ticket? Nine hundred and twenty-seven dollars.

That day, a total of five drivers were charged for travelling more than 30 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, including two who were charged for driving 150 kilometres per hour and fined $705 each.

That same night, RCMP officers in Westman were able to apprehend a 22-year-old Rivers man after he attempted to evade police. He is currently being investigated for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and mischief — that last due to the damage his vehicle did to farmers' fields in the area.

The next evening, on Saturday, some 27 charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act, which included one driver travelling at 150 kilometres per hour, one at 142 kilometres per hour and six more drivers at more than 130 kilometres an hour. Westman RCMP also handed out one alcohol-related 24-hour roadside suspension that day.

On Sunday and holiday Monday, Mounties in Westman wrote another 52 tickets, of which 48 were speeding tickets. Of those 48, some 15 were issues for travelling more than 30 kilometres per hour over the speed limit and one was for more than 50 kilometres per hour over.

Overall during the three days, Westman RCMP laid 97 charges under the Highway Traffic Act, 91 of which were for speeding. Twenty-five of those were for going 30 km/h faster than the limit, two were for 40 km/h faster, and five were for 50 km/h or more faster than the limit.

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