Po­lice go­ing into over­drive to catch im­paired driv­ers

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED

With the hol­i­day sea­son now un­der­way, law en­force­ment across the prov­ince will be pay­ing ex­tra at­ten­tion to im­paired driv­ing dur­ing De­cem­ber’s month­long traf­fic safety blitz, Op­er­a­tion Over­drive.

This month, we’re also ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in keep­ing im­paired driv­ers off our roads. If you see a driver you sus­pect is im­paired by drugs or al­co­hol, pull over and call 911. The Re­port Im­paired Driv­ers (RID) pro­gram is in force across the prov­ince year-round.

“We can all help make our roads safer – both by choos­ing not to drink and drive, and by re­port­ing sus­pected im­paired driv­ers through the RID pro­gram,” said An­drew Cart­mell, Pres­i­dent and CEO of SGI. “Let’s en­sure ev­ery­one gets home safely to cel­e­brate the sea­son with fam­ily, friends and loved ones.”

From Dec. 1, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013, one per­son was killed and 46 oth­ers were in­jured in 111 im­paired driv­ing col­li­sions in Saskatchewan.

“Think of this as the best hol­i­day gift you could ever give to your fam­ily,” said Chief Troy Ha­gen, Pres­i­dent of the Saskatchewan As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice. “Com­mit to your safety, and theirs, by choos­ing not to drink and drive. And when you re­port a sus­pected im­paired driver through RID, you’re pay­ing that gift of safety for­ward.”

SGI and its law en­force­ment part­ners would also like to re­mind mo­torists to al­ways plan a safe ride home: choose a des­ig­nated driver, call a cab, take the bus, use a des­ig­nated driv­ing ser­vice, or call Op­er­a­tion Red Nose if ap­pli­ca­ble. With so many op­tions to get home safely, there’s sim­ply no ex­cuse to drink and drive. Dur­ing the month-long Op­er­a­tion Over­drive blitz in De­cem­ber 2012, po­lice checked over 8,600 ve­hi­cles and is­sued more than 2,400 tick­ets, in­clud­ing 217 for im­paired driv­ing.

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