Think before you drink
Second adult arrested after allegedly driving drunk with child in vehicle in past week
Two people have been arrested for impaired driving in less than 10 days, both having blown approximately three times the legal limit.
One adult is facing a number of charges including driving under the influence and criminal negligence after police were called to the 200 block of Manitoba Street East at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. They had received reports of a car driving recklessly and hitting a number of stationary objects. No one was hurt, but officers also found there was a child in the vehicle at the time. Police said the driver’s license has been suspended and the vehicle has been impounded for 60 days.
This incident follows a similar incident that happened on Nov. 26, when another adult was arrested after people observed the person getting in a vehicle which had five kids inside on the 1200 block of Main Street North. In this case, the vehicle was also impounded for 60 days. While drunk driving is certainly a year-round problem, the holidays are always a time when police step up enforcement efforts. Saskatchewan is the province with the highest rates of impaired driving in Canada.
In fact, Saturday night saw the Moose Jaw RCMP working with Moose Jaw police and a number of police forces across the province team up to try to catch people driving under the influence. RCMP said they stopped a total of 535 vehicles at three different check stops. Five drivers were given roadside tests, which they all passed.
Police did cite two people for having open liquor in their vehicles and ticketed four people for driving unregistered vehicles. The effort was part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
RCMP and local police also found themselves at the whim of the weather as winter returned in a big way over the weekend.
On Sunday evening, Moose Jaw RCMP were forced to close the eastbound lane of Highway 1 about two kilometres outside the city for over two hours after a collision between a semi-truck and a tow truck. Sgt. Tim Schwartz explained that it started when another semitruck hit the ditch.
“It sounds like a tow company was pulling out another semi that was in the ditch, so they had reduced the lane and another semi-truck driver was driving along and ended up hitting,” he said.
The impact of the collision then pushed the tow truck into the ditch along with the other semi-truck. According to Schwartz, no one was injured as a result of the collision and RCMP are still investigating. Charges against the driver of the semi-truck that made contact with the tow truck are pending, though no details about what those charges might be were released.
RCMP were not the only ones dealing with issues brought on by the winter conditions. The Moose Jaw Fire Department were called out to two incidents on Highway 1, east of the city. Fire Chief Rod Montgomery said the first call for his department came in at 6:15 p.m.
“A truck rolled down the embankment, just on Highway 1, past the thrift lodge … we were there just over a half hour and the driver of the truck was transferred to hospital,” he said.
Montgomery said the injuries to the driver were not considered to be life threatening.
The second incident was a collision that occurred between a number of vehicles at 10:25 p.m.
“Three vehicles were involved … it was two semis and a half-ton truck, there were no injuries to report, so it was just getting the vehicles off the road that were involved in the collision,” he said.
According to Montgomery, they were on the scene of this accident for just over a half hour as well. The chief said that the number of calls was not out of the ordinary when there is fresh snow fall.
“For the most part Moose Jaw drivers are, when weather turns poorly, they’re fairly observant,” he said.
The Moose Jaw Police Service reportedly received one call about a collision on Sunday night. Const. Kyle Cunningham said at 10 p.m., they got a call about a vehicle colliding with a fence.
Cunningham said that there was $5,000 worth of damage done to the vehicle and that it had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the vehicle has been charged with failure to drive with due care and attention.
The Moose Jaw Police Service joined forces with RCMP Saturday night to combat drunk driving.