Drinking and driving numbers spike
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.