Drivers not getting the message

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Saskatchewan has the worst per-capita rate of impaired driving deaths in the country. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada estimates that our province has a death rate of 9.76 per 100,000 residents — which is more than double the national average of 3.17.

The rate in Saskatchewan has stayed above 6.50 since 2000.

Clearly, it appears the message isn’t getting across and is causing tragic outcomes.

Even with new traffic laws changing in the province in a few weeks, there were still nearly 120 impaired drivers that were removed from roads and highways in the month of May.

SGI put out a release that stated 80 people were charged with blowing over the legal 0.08 blood alcohol level, impaired driving and refusal to provide a breath sample.

Going out for a drink with friends is a norm in society, but getting behind the wheel after having a few shouldn’t be.

Not only do you risk harming or killing yourself, but you put other innocent lives in danger by being selfish and irresponsible.

Every single injury and death caused by impaired driving is 100 per cent preventable.

Why be part of the problem instead of the solution?

Harsher penalties aimed at deterring the unsafe choices people make before getting behind the wheel are needed.

Some of those include a user-paid installation of an ignition interlock device in vehicles for nine months on the first offence and up to five years for subsequent offences of those convicted of impaired driving.

Saskatchewan drivers have an abysmal record when it comes to impaired driving, speeding, cellphone use and aggressive driving.

The tougher penalties are warranted and so is the crackdown that will be coming from police on people that want to drive impaired, distracted or aggressive.

These new laws will be well worth the investment of resources to ensure the safety of all on the roads.

Don’t be that person that drinks and drives.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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