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Twelve impaired drivers removed from road during Saskatchewan long weekend traffic blitz

Aug 5, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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970 vehicles stopped over two day period

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Lumsden RCMP were busy over the long weekend in south-central Saskatchewan as officers set up safety checkpoints at various locations in the region. 

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The long weekend blitz resulted in 12 impaired drivers being removed from the roads, including five driver’s licence suspensions related to cannabis. In total, the detachment reports officers stopped 970 vehicles over the two-day period.

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Set up at three locations over the weekend, RCMP officers screened drivers for alcohol and drug impairment. They laid two Criminal Code impaired driving charges, two 60-day driver’s licence suspensions related to alcohol, one seven-day driver’s licence suspension related to alcohol and two 72-hour driver’s licence suspensions related to alcohol.

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On the cannabis side, the RCMP detachment issued one 60-day driver’s licence suspension related to THC, two seven-day driver’s licence suspensions related to THC and two 72-hour driver’s licence suspensions related to THC.

Additionally, officers issued 18 written warnings, 14 tickets for traffic offences and three 30-day vehicle impoundments as a result of suspended and unauthorized drivers.

The RCMP was assisted by Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) and Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers with the Provincial Protective Services Branch.

“We know that many people are travelling on our roads during a long weekend. We wanted to help ensure those roads are safe, so we partnered with CTSS officers to set up these checkpoints at well-travelled points on our highways,” Lumsden RCMP Cpl. Kelly Brennan said in a statement.

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“We stopped almost 1,000 vehicles and performed about 80 roadside tests for alcohol impairment and cannabis use. We won’t tolerate impaired driving on our roads and target it through roving checkpoints like these ones and regular, everyday patrols,” the detachment added.

In June, an RCMP unit in Saskatchewan announced it had laid 43 charges against two people after following up on a tip about a suspicious vehicle.

Southey RCMP located the vehicle and arrested the female driver, who was wanted on warrants from the Regina Police Service. During the arrest, officers found identification not belonging to the woman and an assortment of packages of suspected illicit drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA.

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That bust led officers to raid a residence in the town of about 800 people.

Inside the home, officers seized a number of packages and syringes of suspected illicit drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl, as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia, a sum of cash, a crossbow, three firearms and identification cards.

One of the men was charged with one count of “alter the physical properties of cannabis, Section 12(1), Cannabis Act.”

“We continue to investigate and analyze all of the drugs seized, but I can tell you that this is a very significant seizure,” Southey RCMP Sgt. Kim Stewart said in a statement following the bust.

“One of the things we seized is a jar full of fentanyl rocks. This is an extremely dangerous drug — just a small amount can cause a fatal overdose. Southey RCMP is committed to keeping drugs and firearms out of our communities through proactive, thorough investigations like this one.”

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