The winner: 182 in a 100 zone! 0
Manitoba RCMP again targetted high risk drivers during Canada Road Safety Week.
The national enforcement campaign corresponding with the May long weekend was aimed particularly at those who choose to drive drunk and fail to obey traffic safety laws.
The 2012 campaign ran from May 14 to 21, and the D-division RCMP handed out 50 charges for drinking and driving offences including impaired driving and refusal a breathalyzer.
There was one fatality in the RCMP jurisdiction during the week.
And the winner for the highest speed recorded was Saturday, May 19 when a 19 year old male was stopped on Highway 1 east of Portage la Prairie for driving 182 kph in a 100 kph zone. He will be subject to a three-month driving suspension in addition to his $1,092.50 speeding ticket.
In addition, they laid the following charges:
- Five 24-hour alcohol related roadside suspensions
- 87 for failing to wear their seatbelts
- 13 for distracted driving (using cell phones)
- 589 for speeding and aggressive driving
- 32 for failing to stop at intersections
- 24 for driving while prohibited or suspended
- 8 other criminal code driving offences
- 227 other Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Control Act offences.
By comparison, during the 2011 campaign, RCMP charged motorists with the following:
- 72 impaired driving or refusal offences
- Twenty 24-hour alcohol related suspensions
- 100 for failing to wear their seatbelts
- 7 for distracted driving (using cell phones)
- 781 for speeding and other Highway Traffic Act offences
During the 2011 Road Safety Week campaign, there were two deaths as a result of two separate collisions - one of which was alcohol related.