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Four people charged with impaired driving

March 5, 2019

Multiple arrests resulted from new legislation requiring motorists to provide a mandatory roadside breath sample.

Lethbridge Police have charged four people with impaired driving following the first Check Stop in March.  All four were caught as a result of the mandatory alcohol screening legislation that was introduced in December. The controversial amendment, which allows police to obtain breath samples without reasonable cause, has received wide criticism over social media.  However police say that the public is supportive of the testing.

In total for 2019, police have apprehended and charged 21 people with impaired driving during Check Stop operations, seized four vehicles and laid charges for Graduated Driver's License zero tolerance violations and issued eight immediate roadside sanctions.