Over 1800 vehicles checked for Operation Gingerbread
The RCMP detachment in Yellowknife. Photo by Meaghan Richens.
RCMP has called their Operation Gingerbread as a successful operation. Operation Gingerbread ran for the month of December. According to the RCMP at the start of the operation, Operation Gingerbread “is meant to work towards the goal of preventing people from operating a vehicle while impaired and keeping the roads safe over the holidays.” The operation checked not just cars, but ATVs and Snowmobile drivers as well.
The operation focused on impaired driving enforcement and check stops. A total of 1830 vehicles were stopped in 102 check stops throughout the Northwest Territories from December 1st to the 31st. RCMP says that as a result of the operation, 14 impaired driving charges were laid, 69 violation tickets were issued, 13 twenty-four hour suspensions were issued – four of which were drug-related and 196 warnings were given to drivers.
In Yellowknife, 5 impaired driving charges were laid, 21 violation tickets were issued, 7 twenty-four hour suspensions were issued – including 3 of the 4 of the drug related suspensions and 50 warnings were given to drivers.
Additionally, Yellowknife RCMP worked with the Ecole St. Patrick’s Students Against Drunk Driving group to organize a candy cane check stop. 200 candy canes were given out as well as educational material on impaired driving in the downtown core.