Despite an increase in traffic for the Canada Day long weekend, Westman RCMP say there were no serious crashes. They did, however, nab a number of people who were driving well over the speed limit.
The seven-member highway patrol unit in western Manitoba laid 416 charges under the Highway Traffic Act over the weekend, including about 350 for speeding. One person got a ticket for doing 130 km/h in a 70 km/h zone in the village of Riding Mountain, and another person was caught going 143 km/h in an 80 km/h zone through Riding Mountain National Park. One person was also charged with dangerous driving, after weaving in and out of traffic at 153 km/h.
They also conducted check stops on Highway 5 and Highway 10, both of which see significant traffic increases due to Countryfest.
Two people were charged with impaired driving. An additional five charges were laid under the Criminal Code and three charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. There were also two 24-hour suspensions issued for drivers with a blood alcohol content between .05 and .08.
A significant number of these charges involved traffic going to or coming from Dauphin Countryfest, police say, although some were local traffic.