Officers are set to launch a series of roadside steps to improve highway safety.

The 14th annual RoadWatch program gets underway this May long weekend. The anti-drinking and driving campaign runs until November.

Manitoba Public Insurance is spending more than $500,000 to pay the overtime costs for off-duty officers from the RCMP, Winnipeg and Brandon police services to participate in the checkstop campaign.

Winnipeg police say members from the service will begin the roadside checks Friday but won't tip off drivers as to where they will be stationed.

Last year, the program nabbed 232 drunk drivers and more than 1,000 speeders.

- with a report from CTV's Jeff Keele