It’s a tempting time – this long weekend – to go out to bars and raise a few with friends. But people in Saskatchewan are reminded of SGI’s new campaign launched this week.
It’s called “Be a Good Wingman” and it challenges people to do the right thing and stop friends from getting behind the wheel when they’re impaired.
Chantelle Karaushaar is a co-manager of Victoria’s Tavern in Regina. She says everyone in each community has role to play in reducing impaired driving.
“We have a number of processes and procedures in place to help people get home safely,” Karaushaar said. “Including, coaching our staff not to over-serve and communicating with other bars downtown. We offer free pop to designated drivers and continuously expanding our non-alcoholic choices.”
She says the safety of communities is crucial adding her establishment is prepared, trained and ready to assist impaired drivers and prevent them from getting on the road.
“We want our customers to always have a good time.” Karaushaar said. “But also we want to make sure they get home safely. Because we care about our customers and we care about our community.”
Karaushaar says the goal, in partnering in SGI’s campaign. is to get the drunks off the road.
“We feel that everyone in our community has a role to play in reducing impaired driving in this province,” Karaushaar said. “And as a responsible establishment, we want to do out part.”
She says several staff have taken the “Serve It Right Saskatchewan” (SIRS) program.
It helps bar staff understand what people look like when they’re intoxicated how the driving laws work in Saskatchewan.
In 2016 on Saskatchewan roads, 54 people were killed and and 456 were injured in more than one-thousand accidents involving drugs or alcohol.