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Ottawa-Gatineau border checkpoints cost Gatineau Police $400,000
Quebec police screening motorists driving along the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge on April 1 (Christina Succi/CTV News Ottawa)
OTTAWA -- Gatineau Police estimate the random police checkpoints at the Ottawa-Gatineau border during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost more than $400,000.
The Quebec Government lifted the checkpoints at the border crossings on Monday, 57 days after implementing the checkpoints to limit non-essential travel between Ottawa and Gatineau.
Between April 1 and May 17, Gatineau Police checked more than 316,000 vehicles at the Ottawa-Gatineau border crossings.
Gatineau Police spokesperson Marianne Leduc tells CTV News Ottawa approximately 4.5 per cent of the vehicles were turned around because officers deemed the trip non-essential or the occupants of the vehicle had COVID-19 symptoms.
Leduc says Gatineau Police estimate the checkpoints could cost the service $410,000. Leduc says the compiled costs are $385,000, with the service still finalizing the administration costs and processing time sheets.