MHPS issues multiple charges following Friday night check-stop

By Taylor Chartrand with files from the MHPS
December 23, 2018 - 9:04am

Medicine Hat, AB - The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) conducted a check-stop on Friday evening.

Members of the MHPS teamed up with the RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, Canadian Pacific Railway Police and MADD for the Enhanced Alberta Check-stop Program (EACP).

The EACP is an initiative by the Government of Alberta that provides an annual allotment of funds to police agencies to carry out overtime check-stops to target impaired drivers.

During the check-stop, police checked 1,388 vehicles. Of those motorists, 100% of the drivers had their breath tested for alcohol.

That resulted in:

  • one person charged with refusing to provide a roadside breath sample and fail to produce a licence.
  • one person charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.
  • two people were issued 3-day suspensions and 3-day vehicle seizures after providing a breath sample that was between 50mg% and 100mg%. 
  • 26 warnings issued for traffic or vehicle equipment violations.

Police say they encountered overwhelming support and cooperation from the public with the new Mandatory Alcohol Screening that took effect on December 18th, 2018.

As the holiday season continues, officers are warning the public that check-stops will become more frequent as they continue with the enforcement of alcohol and drug related driving offences.

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