Winnipeg Police Services is reminding people that impaired driving is one of the leading criminal causes of death in Canada and that it is 100 per cent preventable.

In December 2022, the WPS  set up various check stops in Winnipeg to check for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for their Festive Checkstop program.

Today, they released the final results of the check stops.

"Our message is simple," reads the statement. "If you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DON'T DRIVE."

A total of 2,929 cars were stopped during high visibility setups and 75 drivers were found under the influence of alcohol/drugs and were processed by police.

481 Roadside breath tests were conducted, with 47 readings that resulted in immediate roadside driving prohibitions. 28 drivers were charged with Criminal Impaired Driving related offences.

A third of the people charged were involved in collisions, one of which included a fatality.

It was discovered that the average blood alcohol concentration was 140 mg per cent - with the highest being 270 mg per cent.

The average age was 36 years old, the youngest being 18 and the oldest being 66. The WPS checked 56 males and 19 females.

Overall, 96 traffic offence tickets were distributed.