Police say no drunk drivers were uncovered through a month of stepped-up checkstops around the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any out there — officers on patrol nabbed 11 impaired drivers during the same period.
The Festive Spirits enforcement campaign, which ran from Dec. 5 through Jan. 1, saw Brandon police officers conduct a number of high-profile checkstops. In total, they screened 3,265 vehicles.
The vast majority of those drivers were obeying all the rules. Police say they issued 45 tickets under the Highway Traffic Act during the recent checkstops — 12 for unregistered vehicles, 11 for driver licence violations, five for distracted driving and 17 various other tickets. They also issued one citation for open liquor.
In 2012, during the same program, Brandon police checked 3,169 vehicles and also found no drunk drivers. However, they’ve been getting a little stricter with the rest of the ticket book — in 2012, they handed out just 27 tickets, while only 15 were issued in 2011.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 3, 2014