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Cole Carruthers
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Law enforcement in Saskatchewan will extend the December traffic safety blitz for the holiday season.

For the entire month, officers will be increasing resources and paying extra attention to impaired driving across the province, including Moose Jaw and area.

Alcohol remains the top contributing factor behind fatal collisions on Saskatchewan roads, according to SGI.

“This is a busy season full of festivities and celebrations with co-workers, family and friends,” stated Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Even if you don’t have a long way to go, it’s important that your holiday plans include a safe ride home, so you and everyone else on the road make it home safely to enjoy the season.”

Last year in Saskatchewan, there were 136 alcohol-involved collisions throughout the holiday season, resulting in 64 injuries and three fatalities. Overall in 2011, 52 people were were killed and 619 people were injured in a total of 1,284 alcohol-related collisions across the province.  

“The RCMP Moose Jaw detachment will partner with Moose Jaw Police Service for roadside checks,” Cpl. Alan Vanthuyne told the Times-Herald on Monday. “We’ll be setting up dates and times ... We watch year round, but we know chances increase over the holiday season.”

VanThuyne added RCMP and city police will be out in full force to keep highways and city streets free of impaired drivers.

“Now that the Christmas lights are up," he said, "we’ll have our lights lit up on our roofs too.”

In a press release, SGI and law enforcement partners reminded motorists that while a blood alcohol level of .08 is an offence under the Criminal Code, a BAC of .04 also has consequences, including a 24-hour roadside suspension for a first offence, a 15-day suspension and the requirements to complete a driving without impairment course for a second offence, and a 90-day suspension for a third offence, along with the requirement to take addiction screening and education prior to regaining your licence.

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Police Service, RCMP

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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