A month-long holiday traffic enforcement campaign led to charges for over a dozen territory residents, RCMP reported.
During Operation Gingerbread – a territory-wide traffic blitz carried out from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 – a total of 1,830 vehicles were stopped throughout the NWT.
Those stops resulted in 14 impaired driving charges and 13 24-hour driving suspensions, stated Const. Heather Cosenzo of the Yellowknife RCMP in an email.
Four of the suspensions were related to drug impairment – cannabis or other drugs excluding alcohol – where standardized field sobriety tests were conducted.
A total of 196 warnings and 69 tickets were handed out to drivers during the blitz, which was launched on National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
Police recorded 11 fewer impaired driving charges compared to last year’s campaign, but 2017’s blitz stopped 130 more vehicles during the month of December.
Twenty three-month suspensions, 12 34-hour suspensions, 47 tickets and 223 warnings were issued last year.
Police officers equipped with approved screening devices were granted the authority to demand breath samples without reasonable suspicion of impairment on Dec. 18.
Last month’s initiative saw 54 approved screening device tests for alcohol conducted, stated Cosenzo.
“The information wasn’t recorded as to whether it was under the new legislation or not,” Cosenzo stated when asked if number of demands increased under new laws.