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Winnipeg Police drug-impaired driver enforcement project

March 22, 2024  By Winnipeg Police Service

Mar. 22, 2024, Winnipeg, Man. – In mid-January 2024, in partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance and MADD Canada, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) launched a targeted enforcement project to identify motorists operating vehicles under the influence of cannabis and other drugs.

The enforcement project, launched in conjunction with a multimedia campaign, included the release of a video paired with social media messaging aimed at educating the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of cannabis and other drugs.

Of 243 traffic stops conducted throughout the project term, Traffic Division officers conducted 148 drug screening tests. Of those, 64 (or 43 per cent of) drivers tested positive. Positive tests with the use of approved screening equipment reveal the recent consumption of cannabis.

During the enforcement project, 36 Provincial Offence Act notices were issued, including improper storage of cannabis in a vehicle, and consuming cannabis in a vehicle (passenger).


The Winnipeg Police Service also reminded the public that law enforcement has the tools and training required to continue detecting impaired drivers regardless of the impaired substance.

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