The number one killer on Saskatchewan’s roads is impaired driving; about a third of the province’s road fatalities were due to a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That’s why Saskatchewan is pulling out all the stops to make sure that its citizens get home safely during the holiday season. Police will be targeting impaired driving this December.
- Choose a designated driver – perhaps the easiest.
- Take the bus or a taxi
- Call a friend to drive you home.
- In Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and The Battlefords, call Operation Red Nose. Started in 1984, Operation Red Nose is a campaign designed to bring home drivers safely. The campaign supplies volunteer drivers to drive the cars of people who have had too many drinks to drive themselves. Drivers get home safely, with their car at home.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) even has a SafeRide App which helps you keep track of your taxi services and designated drivers.
Saskatchewan Impaired Driving Laws
Saskatchewan’s impaired driving laws are among the country’s toughest. They are the only province to set .04 as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for legal impairment. Any driver with a BAC of .04 or above will have his or her licence suspended immediately. Convictions for DUI carry suspensions of between one and five year licence suspensions, depending on previous offenses. There are also fines and possible vehicle impounding. Some offenders can have their driving privileges reinstated if they install an ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, in their vehicle.
During last year’s holiday season Saskatchewan Police launched Operation Overdrive, which targeted impaired drivers in a month-long blitz that resulted in more than 400 traffic tickets and scores of arrests. This year the police are just as determined not to allow drunk and drugged drivers on the roads and streets of the province.
Keeping that in mind, have a happy — and safe — holiday.