Christmas Check Stop screens over 800 drivers during past weekend

Last week, Bridge City News brought you a story on the Christmas Check Stop program put on by the Lethbridge Police Service. The Lethbridge Police Service began their 2021 Christmas Check Stop Campaign on December 4th. During last year’s campaign, only one impaired driving charge was given.

Along with Alberta Sheriffs and the Coaldale RCMP, LPS conducted mandatory alcohol screenings on more than 825 drivers across various locations in Lethbridge on December 4th and 5th.

The Check Stops resulted in four (IRS) Immediate Roadside Sanctions fails, four IRS for zero tolerance for those with a Graduated Driver License, and one IRS 24-hour suspension. There were also 13 Traffic Safety Act tickets written for infractions including seven for alcohol and cannabis, and one firearm seized for safekeeping, with no criminal charge.

The program will continue through December as an effort to locate and apprehend impaired drivers.

If you spot a suspected impaired driver and it is safe for you to do so, pull over and call 9-1-1 right away.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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