It’s been in the spotlight all summer long and with one more busy long weekend in the summer police will once again be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
SGI says in 2016 over the August long-weekend there were 228 collisions resulting in 53 injuries and one death, 13 of those collisions were the result of impaired driving.
Constable Curtis Warnar with the Regina Police Service says impaired driving is 100 per-cent preventable .
“It affects lives,” Constable Warner said. “Everyone from the First Responders, all the way to the family that are impacted both by the victim of the impaired driver as well as the offender. I think the biggest thing we like to see is the awareness. It’s a preventable offence and it’s something that is the highest death-rate on the roadways. It’s completely preventable.”
Constable Curtis Warnar says checks for impaired drivers are always ramped up when police know people are travelling and having guests over.
“Our weekend hours are specifically designed to target impaired drivers,” Constable Warnar said. “So we’re tasked with specifically targetting impaired drivers. As well, we do have SGI-funded projects that are specifically designed to help take impaired drivers off the roadway.”
Constable Warnar says the increase in impaired driving arrests this summer may due to the fact it is quickly becoming less socially acceptable.
“We’ve changed the way we do business, in terms of impaired driving,” Constable Warnar said. “We’re also seeing the various programs that allow people to report impaired driving, such as RID.”
Constable Warnar says police arrange their shifts over the weekends to specifically have the highest presence when they believe impaired drivers are most likely to be out on the roadways.