Christmas Check Stop campaign results in 21 impaired driving charges

The 2017 Lethbridge Police Service Christmas Check Stop campaign resulted in 21 people charged with impaired driving.

In addition police issued nine Immediate Roadside Sanctions, there were 16 Graduated Driver’s License zero-alcohol tolerance license suspensions and 11 suspended drivers apprehended.

Comparatively, in 2016 police charged 13 people with impaired driving.

The 2017 Check Stop campaign began the weekend of Nov. 25, 2017 and continued through Jan. 1. The earlier start in 2017 – one additional weekend compared to 2016 – is part of the reason for the increase in the number of people charged. In addition, several of the 2017 Check Stops were joint forces initiatives in partnership with members of the Blood Tribe Police Service and RCMP and the additional resources enabled police to check a greater number of vehicles.

Check Stops are an ongoing traffic safety and enforcement initiative and will continue throughout 2018.