The drinking and driving numbers this New Years Eve in Regina were significantly lower than in passed years, according to Regina Police.
Just four drivers were caught with a blood-alcohol level higher than .08, among hundreds stopped at stop checks across the city.
Les Parker, Media Development Officer for Regina Police, says despite the low numbers, four drunk drivers is still too many.
“Anytime when the impaired drivers are low, I mean it’s still four too many, and we can’t be everywhere, so maybe there was more that we never caught,” Parker says. “But we’re glad to hear that nobody got into any fatal accidents or anything over the new year’s eve, so that’s always good news.”
Parker says he thinks this year was a good year for New Years Eve drinking and driving numbers.
“I hope that the lower numbers were due to messaging and due to people in Regina taking care not to drink and drive,” Parker says. “However, there is always the weather, we had really extreme cold weather which may have kept a lot of people indoors as well, so I probably want to see a longer period of New Years Eve’s with better weather to determine that it was in fact due to messaging and not just a super cold New Years Eve.”
There was a serious collision which took place on Cornwall Street, where a vehicle drove into the Municipal Hail Insurance building.
Parker says Regina police is unable to confirm as to whether or not it was a drinking and driving collision.