There were six motor vehicle collisions and two hit and runs between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.
“Traffic safety is absolutely critical,” said Richard Bourassa, Moose Jaw’s chief of police after being sworn in on Friday afternoon.
Violent crimes are rare in Moose Jaw. Motor vehicle collisions are not.
On Thursday evening, a collision between two trucks on Thatcher Drive and Main Street North put a man in hospital in critical condition.
“That’s where most people need to feel safe, is when they’re driving down the roads,” Bourassa said.
The total cost of damage between the six accidents was estimated at $50,000.
As of June, Moose Jaw had 26,397 active drivers licences registered to addresses in the city. That’s nearly 80 per cent of the city's population.
Bourassa said he couldn’t disclose any details of future plans to make Moose Jaw’s roads safer for both motorists and pedestrians because he wants to learn more about the situation and contributing factors.
“Within the next year, we’ll see some things put into play to enhance driver safety,” Bourassa said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean greater enforcement. That can be part of it, but there are some other things that can be done as well.”
Chief Bourassa was sworn-in on Friday afternoon. Read more about the city's new Chief of Police here.
Austin M. Davis can be reached at 306 691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theaustinx.