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.

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