Couple of notes:

  • Suspects typically are not identified until they make their first court appearance. Most are suspended at the roadside and then issued an offence notice to show up at 408 York on a specific day. Police are promising to release the names once they’re charged.
  • Impaired driving arrests make defence lawyers happy. The vast majority of their clients have cash — or at least more means than the average criminal — to pay for representation. Given the heartbreak a DUI conviction can have on one’s relationship with MPI, a lot of people will fight tooth and nail to avoid owning up.
  • Drunk driving cases continue to contain probably some of the most thorny and complex legal issues. Virtually everything officers do from the moment they pull you over will be pulled apart, scrutinized, disputed and contended by lawyers should the case proceed to trial.
  • Always keep in mind: Drunk drivers are as prevalent as the service makes officers available to catch them, so there’s likely a heck of a lot more than they’re catching. Be safe out there.
  • Shame is widely under-used as a deterrent by police, who sanitize every official statement they make. The annual Checkstop program, and the releasing of accuseds’ names is a deviation from that.

3 thoughts on “Winnipeg impaired driving arrests, by location

  1. It is disappointing to see a spike in numbers recently.

    I wonder if the checkstop itself might be part of the problem in recent years. The fact that the MLCC funding dictates that they want a visible profile means that some parts of the city are not covered if they are not near bars of a certain size.

    For example, there are now no hotels south of the Assiniboine between the Perimeter and Pembina Highway. Hence, I rarely see a checkstop in the area.

    It might worth a complete re-evaluation of the program. Much like how the effectiveness of the smoking warnings on labels become less effective with the length of time a picture remains static, I wonder if drinking enforcement loses effectiveness from not changing things up in regards to how and where police will be monitoring.

    1. Hey John, I don’t know if it could be considered a spike – I’d wait until the final tally at the end of December before deciding that.

      Funny there was no weekend update from the WPS, tho.

  2. There’s really no “spike” in the number of actual impaired drivers out on the streets during the holiday season; the vast increase in arrests is attributable to the WPS central traffic unit putting traffic members out on the streets after dark. This isn’t a standard practice for them, unless it’s cruise night/summertime — and even then, they’re not looking for drunks.

    I am all for increased funding for the WPS central traffic unit to put these specialized officers out on the streets during the evening. We do it for the street crimes unit, K9 members and the tactical support team. Are deadly drunk drivers not a risk to public safety?

    [note: I’ve had this conversation with James already; he’s well-aware of the facts… I’m not criticizing his blog post whatsoever.]

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