It looks like the new impaired driving laws aren’t having an effect on some drivers in Regina. As of noon on Sunday, three people have been charged with impaired driving in the Queen City this May long weekend.
Cst. Warnar with the Regina Police Service tweeted out the force’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Team numbers for Friday and Saturday night.
According to Warnar, out of 42 vehicles checked within the Stealth Enforcement Project, three people have impaired driving charges, 11 have TSA charges and four vehicles were impounded.
During a high-visibility check stop on Ring Road and Wascana Parkway that stopped a total of 450 vehicles over the past two days, four vehicles were also seized.
On Saturday evening, Regina police said one driver was cited for blowing a “warn” on the breathalyzer and a designated driver was called to take that person home.
Another person blew three times over the legal limit on Friday, getting their vehicle impounded for 60 days and an indefinite license suspension.
Cst. Warnar’s tweets this weekend showed some people’s disregard for the law. He wrote on Twitter of one driver opening a beer just after leaving an off sale, and of other people failing roadside tests and breathalyzers.
However, the check stops have some residents applauding city police for being proactive. “Lots of drivers thanking us for being out tonight,” said one tweet from Cst. Warnar.
On the @RPSTrafficUnit Twitter account, Cst. Warnar also reminds drivers to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour when passing officers on the side of the road, after he pulled over someone going 94 kilometres an hour on Ring Road.