Christmas Check Stop campaign kicks off with multiple impaired driving charges

By Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
December 5, 2018 - 2:53pm

LETHBRIDGE - Four people were charged with impaired driving, after the first weekend of the Christmas Check Stop campaign in Lethbridge Dec. 1 and 2.

More than two dozen others were issued tickets for violations under the Traffic Safety Act and Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, two people were charged with resisting arrest, two others had suspended licenses and yet another two GDL (Graduated Drivers License) drivers had their licenses suspended for consuming alcohol.

Lethbridge Police say this year, they'll not only be searching for those who may be impaired, but they'll also be checking for valid documents including driver's licenses, vehicle registration and insurance. Officers will be conducting traditional check stops, as well as targeted and mobile enforcement.

Anyone with a blood alcohol level over .05 will face an immediate three-day license suspension and vehicle seizure for a first offence.

Those with GDLs with any blood alcohol measurement will have their license suspended for 30 days and their vehicles will be taken away for 7 days.

Those charged with impaired driving will have their licenses suspended for 90 days, followed by a one-year ignition interlock. If convicted, driving privileges could be further suspended and offenders will face large fines or jail time.

The 2018 Christmas Check Stop campaign will continue into the New Year.

"It's a Wonderful Life" takes you back to the day of live radio productions

Join the Discussion

We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.