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Operation Gingerbread proving successful across territory

Police in the territory have laid more charges as part of this year’s Operation Gingerbread.

The annual initiative is designed to make NWT roads safer over the holiday season by weeding out impaired driving.

That means you can expect to see more traffic patrols and check stops in your community until January 1.

Last Friday, police were even more visible as they participated in National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

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Over the course of the day, 782 vehicles were stopped across the territory, resulting in seven charges for impaired driving.

In some instances, police even laid charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, seizing liquor and illicit drugs in the process.

Police also issued 24-hour driving suspensions to seven drivers for having a blood alcohol level greater than 50 mg% (the legal limit in Canada is 80 mg%).

During last year’s operation, a total of 592 vehicles were stopped across the NWT, resulting in two charges for impaired driving.

The operation being reported on was originally called Operation Rednose. On December 4, police asked that the media refer to it as Operation Gingerbread in any future coverage.

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