If you aren’t a drunk driver you might not have noticed yet, but Saskatchewan drunk driving laws have really changed over the past six months. With an updated ignition interlock law that requires an offender to use the device for a longer period of time and penalties for anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) as low as .04, Saskatchewan drunk driving laws are the harshest in Canada.
But those laws won’t work if police can’t catch drunk drivers, so they’re asking the public to be their extra eyes on the roads and to call in anyone they suspect is driving impaired. The only problem with asking for help? People either aren’t sure they’re calling in a drunk driver so they don’t call at all, or they don’t know the proper procedure for calling in.
That’s why Saskatchewan police created the Report Impaired Driving program (RID), and they’ve also created a fake social media scenario you can view on Facebook to give you an idea of what it’s like to call in. They’d also like to share a few tips to make you more comfortable when calling someone in for Saskatchewan drunk driving.
- If you have a hands-free phone, contact 911 as soon as you see the drunk driver. If not, pull over and call in
- Know your location and any landmarks nearby
- Make note of the vehicle characteristics including colour, make, and model of the car. Try to get the license plate if possible
- If possible, make a note of who was in the car and provide a description
Along the new Saskatchewan drunk driving laws help police prosecute drunk drivers, having the public call into 911 if they spot someone gives the police that extra helping hand to catch anyone who breaks these laws. In a province where drunk driving has been such a huge problem, the police need all the help they can get.