This is why you saw that RCMP check stop in YK

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If you were caught in traffic on Highway 3 heading into Yellowknife on Tuesday afternoon, the reason why is: National Road Safety Week.

RCMP Traffic Services is running check stops across the NWT plus roving patrols, from now until May 20.

"This road safety initiative takes place each year across the country in an effort to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world," said police in a statement.

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"Specific offences such as the lack of seatbelt usage, speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving (alcohol and cannabis), and aggressive driving infractions will be targeted."

Police said the same campaign this time last year resulted in four charges of impaired driving, eight distracted driving charges, more than 80 driving infraction charges, and more than 2,000 vehicles stopped.

Tuesday afternoon's check stop in Yellowknife formed part of the week-long series of events, a spokesperson confirmed.

Saturday, May 18 is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day of Action. "Motorists can expect to see further increased activity in support of the event" on that day, said RCMP.

"It is hoped that people drive responsibly and safely when out enjoying the first long weekend of the season," the police statement continued.

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"The RCMP encourage anyone who suspects a driver is impaired or witnesses any dangerous driving behaviour along the roads and highways to contact their local RCMP Detachment."

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