SGI passes on on some in­for­ma­tion and tips for any­one hit­ting the high­ways

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - CON­TRIB­UTED

Win­ter hol­i­day sea­son is upon us and with it comes po­lice check­stops. SGI en­cour­ages driv­ers to be pa­tient as they pass through them. Po­lice will be watch­ing out for driv­ers who are im­paired, dis­tracted, not wear­ing seat­belts, and/or speed­ing. Oh, and don’t for­get this month’s traf­fic safety spot­light on sus­pended driv­ers and un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles.

Speak­ing of check­stops, drive sober - If you’re im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs, don’t drive. Call a cab or des­ig­nated driv­ing ser­vice, take a bus, text a sober friend, or stay the night. There’s no ex­cuse for driv­ing im­paired.

Hello again, Old Man Win­ter – Win­ter driv­ing sea­son has ar­rived. Sure, it hap­pens ev­ery year, but there’s usu­ally an an­nual learn­ing curve. Weather con­di­tions can change quickly and with­out warn­ing, so make sure you’re pre­pared be­fore head­ing out on the high­way. When on the road, we en­cour­age ev­ery­one to take it a bit slower. Give your­self and other mo­torists plenty of room, and to slowly and safely ease your­self into win­ter driv­ing. Al­ways have an emer­gency kit stocked and packed in your ve­hi­cle.

Be in the know – The Saskatchew­an High­way Hot­line is the best place to get the most up-to-date road con­di­tions for the prov­ince. Al­ways check the Hot­line be­fore head­ing out, and if travel is not rec­om­mended, make other plans.

Fo­cus on driv­ing – Win­ter driv­ing is com­pli­cated enough with­out dis­trac­tions. Along with be­ing ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, dis­tracted driv­ing is ex­tremely ex­pen­sive: a $280 ticket and 4 points off your Safe Driver Recog­ni­tion rat­ing. Put the phone away and drive. If you’re driv­ing long dis­tances, make sure you take reg­u­lar breaks to avoid fa­tigue.

Give wildlife a brake – Our friends at Saskatchew­an Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion re­mind us that we are in the midst of breed­ing sea­son (a.k.a. “the rut”) for deer and moose, and both species are more mo­bile as they search for mates in new ter­ri­to­ries. Stay alert, scan the road from shoul­der to shoul­der, and watch your speed in ar­eas where warn­ing signs in­di­cate ar­eas of high risk.

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