December 18, 2020 Media Release
Despite closures of licensed establishments and restrictions to our social contacts both inside and outside of our homes, the Winnipeg Police Service has continued to see incidents of impaired driving.
As a consequence of the Provincial Health Order, the 2020 Holiday Checkstop Program will look different this year. While we will not be relying on defined checkpoints, our officers will be out in force throughout the city to ensure our streets remain safe through the holiday season.
- Between December 1-15, 2020, nine adults aged 25 to 41 were charged with impaired driving offences.
- Many of these impaired events occurred during morning and evening rush hour, which is concerning as more motorists and pedestrians are on the roads.
- Four incidents involved motor vehicle collisions, where the drivers were impaired by alcohol. There were no serious injuries as a result.
- All of the impaired drivers had a blood alcohol concentration of at least twice the statutory limit, with the worst offender having more than three times the limit.
The 2020 Checkstop program is made possible by our partnership with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Winnipeg Police will continue to patrol the streets to combat impaired driving.
Let’s celebrate responsibly by staying at home, and if you must go out, do not drink and drive.
Although Operation Red Nose is not operating this year, take advantage of taxis, ride-sharing and transit options that are still operational during the current Pandemic restrictions.
Please stay safe everyone.
On December 17, 2020, a female who works in the sex trade industry was assaulted by an unidentified suspect male.
The suspect and the victim made arrangements to meet at a hotel on Pembina Highway.
Early on during their meeting, the male attempted to identify himself as a police officer. When asked to see his badge, the suspect became confrontational and assaulted the female.
The victim screamed for help, and the suspect fled. A bystander assisted and called 911, the victim did not require medical attention for her injuries.
Detectives in the Counter Exploitation Unit are investigating this incident and another similar incident that came to light during this investigation.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30-35 years old, 5’7” in height, with a heavy build, and wearing a camouflage-print face mask.
Anyone that has been a victim of a similar incident or has information they believe could be relevant is asked to contact the Counter Exploitation Unit at 204-986-3464.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs