Motorists who are moving around in Saskatchewan’s southwest corner should know RCMP will be staging a two-day STEP initiative around Swift Current starting Wednesday.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program is a campaign aimed at identifying traffic violations.
It also gives law enforcement a chance to work with various partner agencies, like SGI, to get a better idea of what’s happening on the roads.
RCMP Corporal Mike Young is with the South West Regional Traffic Services. He says police will be looking out for several infractions, including drinking and driving.
“Of course, always the big one is impaired,” Corporal Wagner said. “But there’s distracted driving and use of cell phones is another big one out there. Aggressive drivers — we’re speaking about speed and stop signs. We’re working on school zones as well.”
Young says it will take place in varied locations in and around the City of Swift Current, including Highways 1 and 4.
“We’ll end up having four checkpoints per day – they’ll be two days running,” Corporal Young said. “We’ll have spotters out there watching for infractions. It’s not going to be roaming around the City of Swift Current. But there will be four checkpoints per day through the community itself.”
He says infractions from seatbelts, cell phone use to impaired driving will be observed, saying police will pay particular attention to new drinking and driving laws which came into Saskatchewan January 21.
“Under the age of 22 is under a zero alcohol tolerance,” Wagner said. “And we’re still seeing young people. They may not be impaired, but they do have alcohol in their bodies. And it just isn’t being taken seriously out there.”
Corporal Young says other targeted offences include use of seat belts, cell phone use, unlicensed drivers and commercial vehicle enforcement.
Corporal Young says having these visible campaign hopefully will remind motorists RCMP and police are constantly vigilant to identify traffic violations on Saskatchewan highways adding it gives law enforcement a chance to work with various partner agencies, like SGI.