Lawmakers in the province of Saskatchewan have been hard at work over the past year trying to curb a serious impaired driving problem. Saskatchewan drunk driving has been so bad they’ve brought in a new .04 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), vehicle impounding, and a longer ignition interlock program for all offenders.
But despite this effort, Saskatchewan drunk driving is still a hot topic in the province and people are still hitting the roads after drinking. That’s why Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall has proposed another course of action, and this time it involves ridesharing.
Wall would like to see ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft come to Saskatchewan cities. Just like in Toronto, he believes that having access to a ride with a few taps on your smartphone would result in a drop in impaired driving rates. With a drop in impaired driving rates the province would also see a drop in impaired driving crashes, and that means more lives saved.
Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with the idea of Uber. Just like in Vancouver, the Saskatchewan Taxi Industry doesn’t want Uber to come to town. They cite a lack of regulations for Uber drivers and legislation around insurance and licensing, but if Vancouver is any indication the major issue is that the taxi industry doesn’t want to lose the late-night business.
The debate will continue in Saskatchewan, but there’s no doubt if Wall manages to bring in ridesharing, lives will be saved. Uber has become a popular choice in Ontario as well as many states in the USA, and it’s only a matter of time before they iron out all the wrinkles and it becomes an option for Vancouver and Saskatchewan drivers.
Saskatchewan is definitely a province that would see an immediate benefit from companies like Uber, so let’s hope that lawmakers stand up for this option and the issues are worked out sooner than later.