The government of Saskatchewan is continuing their efforts to address the issue of drinking and driving.
Minister of Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor addressed the matter Monday at the Saskatchewan Legislature, as she announced five pilot projects that will be implemented throughout the province.
For the Minister, these initiatives are effort to continue to lower the numbers, while staying on top of a very important issue.
“I think we need to do more than have punitive approaches to this,” she said.
One of those examples includes the use of the social media hashtags, #CareAboutImpaired.
“In a couple of bars in Regina, and in Saskatoon and in Moose Jaw, over a weekend night, the police will show up in uniform and if there’s a loud speaker service will say ‘Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a great time and please make sure you don’t drink and drive.'”
The minister said good data and good evaluation requires triangulation, which involves interviewing people and asking questions.
Another one of the pilot projects is called “Drive Dollars,” which will see patrons at Saskatchewan bars being asked to contribute money towards a taxi tab, with the province, in part, matching that.
At this time, that specific program is only at Victoria’s Tavern in Regina.