SGI’s May Traffic Safety Spotlight looks at drinking and driving, this time with a particular focus. In its release SGI presents a not-so-fun fact: 35 percent of Saskatchewan’s impaired driving collisions happen between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm according to their collision data reflecting 2017-2021.

“Impaired driving can – and does – happen at any time of day; so can impaired driving enforcement,” said SGI President and CEO Penny McCune.  “You can still go out and have a good time. Just make a plan to have a safe ride home.”   

“Whether your plans are having mimosas at brunch, getting a head-start on Happy Hour, hitting the patio of your local pub, or meeting some buds at 4:20, the important thing is to make sure you don’t drive after drinking or using drugs,” says the release. 

SGI says law enforcement urges drivers to designate a driver, call a sober friend for a ride, or take a designated driving service. 

SGI also notes that provincial law enforcement is gearing up for Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) enforcement blitzes in Saskatoon and in six other Saskatchewan communities. The program brings together law enforcement officers from multiple agencies to hold checkstops that look for impaired drivers, along with other high-risk driving behaviours.  

“We’re fortunate to be welcoming policing partners from throughout the province into Saskatoon this week for a joint traffic enforcement blitz,” said Saskatoon Police spokesperson Joshua Grella. “Hosting STEP in our city contributes to an ongoing commitment to ensure our roads, sidewalks, and trails remain safe for all who share them.”