Nineteen people were nabbed for drinking and driving during the first week of the RCMP Christmas Checkstop Program, the RCMP announced Tuesday.
During 69 checkstops held from Dec. 3-9, 2,603 vehicles were stopped, with 19 people charged with either impaired driving or drive over .08.
Of those charged, the average blood/alcohol reading was 0.156, or roughly twice the legal limit, while the highest reading 0.260 — more than three times the legal limit.
Another four people were charged with refusal and one person was charged with impaired by a drug.
Other statistics from Week 1 include:
• Ten 24-hour alcohol related roadside suspensions
• Eleven people charged for not wearing their seatbelts
• 360 other traffic-related Highway Traffic Act charges laid
• Four other Criminal Code driving offences
• Four drug seizures under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
There were no fatal collisions during the first week; last year during week one, there were three traffic-related fatalities.
RCMP members pulled over fewer vehicles this year than last, in part due to the cold weather and slippery roads, which made traffic conditions dangerous for conducting checkstops this past weekend.
Last year during Week 1, they conducted 147 checkstops, stopping 6,717 vehicles resulting in 36 people being charged with Criminal Code impaired driving.
Despite icy road conditions, a Virden Mountie nabbed one driver travelling at 225 kilometres an hour in a 100 km/h zone on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The 19-year-old male driver was also charged under Section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.