BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Members of the Brandon Police Service conduct a checkstop on First Street North as part of Operation Impact on the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Brandon police nabbed two impaired drivers and a whopping 51 speeders over the Thanksgiving long weekend, as increased enforcement paid slightly higher dividends than last year.
The annual Operation Impact saw officers stepping up their enforcement efforts throughout the long weekend, as well as conducting six checkstops.
Police said Thursday that they screened just under 2,500 vehicles at the stops — down about 120 from last year's numbers. But they ended up catching more scofflaws.
In total, police charged two people with impaired driving, another two with having open liquor in the vehicle, and handed out 104 tickets under the Highway Traffic Act.
That’s up from the single impaired driver caught last year, an additional open liquor charge, and 89 tickets.
However, in general, the drinking-and-driving trend is down — as recently as 2010, police checked fewer than 2,000 vehicles and caught six impaired drivers, laying eight open liquor charges during the same weekend.
What appears to be on the increase is speeding.
In 2010, police ticketed just 14 people for speeding. That increased to 25 in 2011, then declined to 19 last year.
This go-round, police caught 51 people going too fast.
Earlier this week, local RCMP said they had found no impaired drivers on Westman highways.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 18, 2013