In the first week of December, the RCMP caught a lot of people behind the wheel who were either speeding, impaired, distracted, or not wearing seatbelts.
From December 1 to 7, RCMP officers handed out 1,727 tickets throughout the province. The list included 951 speeding or stunt driving, charges 47 impaired driving charges – including 44 related to alcohol and three linked to drugs.
Despite icy driving conditions and reduced visibility due to snow and fog, RCMP responded to several cases of dangerous drivers.
In Waskesiu, officers tracked one vehicle going 151 kilometres per hour in a 100 km/hour zone. The driver said they were late to pick up a family member and wound up with a fine of $809.
Another driver is facing $1423 in fines after they were stopped while travelling 154 kilometres per hour on Highway 5 near Peterson. The truck was not registered and had window tinting on the front side window.
The list of charges laid by RCMP officers for the week include:
- 951 speeding and/or Stunt Driving Charges
- 44 impaired driving from alcohol charges
- Three impaired driving from drugs charges
- Six license suspensions related to low impairment from alcohol
- Three license suspensions that were drug-related
- 77 seatbelt charges
- 37 distracted driving charges for using cellphones
- 16 careless driving charges
- 78 criminal code charges
- 505 provincial traffic charges
- Three charges for following too close to another vehicle
- Four charges for unsafe lane changes
- One for passing on the right-hand side of a vehicle
- One failure to yield
RCMP also handed out 858 warnings and 215 vehicle inspection notices.