For the 29th consecutive year the city of Regina, SGI and the Regina Police Service are offering another way to get home safe on New Year’s Eve.
Thursday, they announced free transit services will once again be offered from 7:15 p.m. New Years Eve until 2:15 a.m. New Years Day at the Ding in the New Year kick off event.
There will also be free bus rides between the venues celebrating Saskatchewan’s 150th that day.
Mayor Michael Fougere says this is one of many available options for people to make sure they get home safely.
“It’s one of many options available to people to use during the holiday season, we know there has been so many tragedies especially as of late in the province. There is absolutely no reason for that to happen, you have a free service that’s available and that is so easily accessible, so really there is no other option just take the bus.”
“Staying sober behind the wheel isn’t just about avoiding criminal charges,” Inspector Trevor Ewart of the Regina Police Service said. ” We want people to see beyond the short term. Plan a safe ride to prevent the grief of a life, forever lost or altered, from an alcohol-involved collision.”
Residents are encouraged to use the city’s TransitLive website or to download the cities app for live bus schedules or to see bus routes near their locations.
“Please make one resolution this new year – “I will never drive when I’m impaired,” said Warren Steinley MLA for Regina Walsh Acres, on behalf of Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave.
Last year seven people were killed and 33 more were injured in 119 accidents related to impaired driving in the province during the holiday season alone.