Impaired driver among dozens ticketed or charged during May long weekend traffic enforcement blitz

An impaired driver who blew three times over the legal limit while driving an unregistered vehicle was among dozens of traffic offenders pulled over and ticketed or charged by Thompson RCMP during an enforcement blitz over the May long weekend.

The 36-year-old was pulled over after database checks on his vehicle’s licence plate showed that it wasn’t registered. He failed a roadside screening test and then provided breath samples three times higher than the legal blood-alcohol content limit of .08. He was charged with driving over the legal limit and will appear in provincial court in Thompson.

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RCMP ticketed 42 drivers over the course of the weekend, 28 of them for speeding. The fastest of these speeders was travelling 42 kilometres per hour over the posted limit and received a $599.75 fine. Three other drivers were stopped travelling 40 kilometres per hour faster than the posted speed limit and fined $573.50 each. Thompson RCMP also issued two tickets for not using seatbelts and two tickets for driving unregistered vehicles.

“Road safety has been and will continue to be a top priority for the RCMP, and we are committed to eliminating impaired driving and the tragedies that are all too often associated with this high-risk behaviour,” said Thompson RCMP Const. Sandy Deibert in a May 22 press release.

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