Stats Canada came out with data in 2011 showing Saskatchewan was second only to the territories for impaired driving cases, and despite strong impaired driving laws in the province, impaired driving in Saskatchewan is still going strong 5 years later.
What’s really scary about Saskatchewan’s impaired driving problem is that there’s been a spike in alcohol-related crashes between the hours of 12 pm and 8 pm. According to SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance), 24.7 per cent of crashes occur during those hours, and those are the times when people are going to work, school, or commuting.
With that new spike and the constant flow of alcohol-related crashes during the evening hours, the past few months have been busy for police officers in the province. Here’s a look at a few of the latest cases of impaired driving in Saskatchewan.
Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon
It was 1:15 on a Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop one drunk driver. He was driving a pickup truck in Saskatoon when he jumped the median and hit both a bus and another car. He was subsequently arrested for impaired driving.
Crash in Regina
With three people in the car, a 24-year-old man crashed into the curve of a road and flew into a traffic sign, chain link fence, and tree. Although the driver took off on foot, he was later arrested for impaired driving and is facing two charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm and two charges of exceeding .08 causing bodily harm.
Semi Truck causes deadly crash in North Battleford
At 4:40 pm on a Tuesday afternoon a semi truck lost control of his rig and went through the guardrail that separates the lanes of a busy highway. He crashed into an SUV, and both the semi and the SUV ended up on train tracks. The man driving the SUV was killed, and the semi driver was arrested on one count of impaired operating of a vehicle causing death and one count of a dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
Impaired driving laws are designed to stop these crashes, but it’s pretty clear just from looking at these cases that 5 years after being ranked at the top of the heap for drunk drivers, a lot of Saskatchewan drivers are still choosing to drive after drinking.