Drink­ing and driv­ing num­bers spike

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Seventy-five peo­ple lost their lives in Saskatchewan last year as a re­sult of al­co­hol re­lated col­li­sions.

Last year the to­tal num­ber of col­li­sions in­volv­ing a drink­ing driver in­creased 12.5 per cent to 1,551, up 173 from 2007 to­tals. Deaths re­sult­ing from th­ese ac­ci­dents were 63 per cent higher than the three year av­er­age of 46. Up un­til 2006, there had been a long term de­creas­ing trend.

Also shown from the statis­tics pro­vided from SGI’s Traf­fic Ac­ci­dent In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem was an in­crease of 21.8 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple in­jured as a re­sult of al­co­hol re­lated in 2008 in com­par­i­son to the three year av­er­age.

“Im­paired driv­ing re­mains one of our most se­ri­ous road safety con­cerns in Saskatchewan,” said Kwei Quaye, As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent of SGI’s Traf­fic Safety Ser­vices. “We con­tinue to fo­cus our re­sources on in­creas­ing im­paired driv­ing en­force­ment and ed­u­ca­tion , and to sup­port this with strong im­paired driv­ing leg­is­la­tion. By part­ner­ing with law en­force­ment and the pub­lic, we hope to raise aware­ness and find so­lu­tions to help keep peo­ple safe on our roads.”

The num­ber of peo­ple fa­tally in­jured that were not wear­ing a seat­belt de­clined 11 per cent to 37 per cent in 2008 how­ever, a ma­jor con­cern still ex­ists with low seat­belt us­age es­pe­cially on ru­ral and First Na­tions roads. Un­belted fatal­i­ties in ru­ral ar­eas was at 58 per cent and 67 per cent of fatal­i­ties on First Na­tions roads. The Swift Cur­rent Shrine Cir­cus pro­vided some top notch

fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing two per­for­mances last Wed­nes­day. Swift Cur­rent was one of eight Saskatchewan stops for the Tarzan Zerbini pro­duced cir­cus. The au­di­ence was treated to per­for­mances by horses, dogs, acro­bats, jug­glers, and the ever pop­u­lar ele­phants.

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