Expect new laws to be introduced Monday around drinking and driving in Saskatchewan.
A news conference set to take place in Regina will have the minister for SGI, Joe Hargrave and Attorney General Gordon Wyant revealing new laws around drunk driving.
Representatives from law enforcement, MADD and SADD will also be in attendance.
Drunk driving is the number one killer on Saskatchewan roads and the it’s expected stiffer penalties and stricter laws will be introduced in an attempt to curb the disturbingly high numbers of incidents recently.
According to figures released by SGI, in 2015 there were 53 people killed and 562 injuries in incidents related to drunk driving.
There has been a terrible string of impaired driving incidents resulting in deaths on Saskatchewan highways.
In January, Catherine McKay collided with a car carrying four members of the Van De Vorst family on Highway 11 just north of Saskatoon.
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She pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Near Regina last month, 37-year old Tanner Kaufmann was killed in a crash between two pickup trucks.
19-year old Colby Heid was charged with impaired driving causing death.
Another recent incident in Regina – October 8, 2016 – occured after an alleged impaired driver slammed into the back of another car waiting at a red light at the intersection at Albert Street and 25th Avenue.
28-year old Brendan Sugar faces charges of impaired driving causing death.
The incident which many believe was the tipping-point for potential new legislation in the province, is when Saskatchewan’s former deputy premier Don McMorris was charged with impaired driving in August.
McMorris was driving back from the Fort Qu’Appelle area when he was pulled over in a construction zone.
Police reported he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.
There were reports he was seen weaving across the road on the day he was charged.
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McMorris pleaded guilty and paid a fine of just under 2-thousand dollars. He also had his licence suspended for one year.
After that incident, MADD Canada called for a code of conduct for Saskatchewan politicians recommending a-zero tolerance for alcohol for drivers under 22-years old, an expansion of the tip line for members of the public to report impaired drivers, and tougher rules for roadside prohibitions.