Since 2011 SGI’s RID program has been encouraging Saskatchewan residents to report suspected impaired drivers to the RCMP or their local police service.
On Friday the RCMP released a simulated call on social media of someone reporting what they suspected was an impaired driver, with the hope people will see how simple it can be to call in and possibly save someones life.
Click here to get an idea of what officers are looking for when you call in to report a possible impaired or dangerous driver.
Sargent Al Hofland the Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic Services Saskatchewan said there are a few obvious signs drivers can look for in a suspected impaired driver.
“Anything that would draw your attention to driving behavior on the roadway, there are typical normal things that we would be looking for, weaving from one side of the road to the other, but it doesn’t necessarily mean impaired driving, it could be distracted driving as well, but typically it’s erratic driving that draws your attention,” Hofland said.
If you do see a driver you suspect is impaired, pull over, call 911 and have an accurate vehicle description, location and license plate number that you can report, RCMP say be ready to give some of own personal information as well.
Last year over 4,000 people took advantage of the RID program to report suspected impaired drivers.
SGI’s Tyler McMurchy said if communities want a RID sign all they have to do is contact them.
“We do it on a demand basis if a municipality requests the signs we will provide them, so if there’s a municipality out there that wants a sign in their community they just need to get in touch with us,” McMurchy said.
There are plans to release two more simulations later this year.
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- RCMP continue efforts to target impaired drivers in Sask.