Holiday drunk driving stats up: RCMP
RCMP on Prince Edward Island have compiled their holiday drunk driving statistics and say the figures are discouraging.
The Mounties conducted 28 check stops over two weeks, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3. They caught 13 drunk drivers.
That figure is an increase from the year before, when RCMP caught eight drunk drivers.
"You have to consider that we're doing a checkpoint at a specific place at a specific time," said Cpl. Gary Latour. "We're getting a small percentage of the drivers out there."
Considering the odds of being stopped, Latour said police nabbed a large number of people.
He also said the average breathalyzer readings were more than double the legal alcohol limit of 0.05 per cent. The highest reading was more than three times the legal limit.