PEI

1 charged in impaired driving sweep

RCMP set up checkpoints across Prince Edward Island over the weekend as part of a national impaired driving enforcement campaign.

21-year-old woman arrested at police checkpoint in Stratford

RCMP set up checkpoints across Prince Edward Island over the weekend as part of a national impaired driving enforcement campaign.

RCMP set up checkpoints across P.E.I. to look for impaired drivers on the weekend. (CBC)

Police laid a number of driving-related charges, including one impaired driving charge and others for illegal possession of liquor and use of a handheld device while driving.

A 21-year-old woman was stopped and arrested for impaired at a checkpoint in Stratford early Saturday morning.

RCMP said drinking and driving is still an issue on the Island, with about 300 convicted last year.

The provincial government has taken aggressive steps to stop impaired driving, including ignition interlock and large signs encouraging people to call 911.  Police say they do get dozens of calls daily and it has helped.

Dalene Stewart, a spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, believes awareness about the crime is growing.

Russ Stewart is still dealing with the injuries he suffered in a collision with a drunk driver four years ago. (CBC)

"At one time it was pushed under the carpet. People didn't talk about it much; it didn't really mean that much here on the Island," she said.

"But people are starting to understand it is a big issue and people are dying as result of it."

Stewart's husband Russ was badly injured in a collision with a drunk driver four years ago.

"I almost didn't survive," he said.

"My whole left side, basically, was smashed, leg, ribs, arm. I suffered a brain injury."

Dalene Stewart said it's frustrating to see people still being charged, but hopes numbers will fall in the future.

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