Saskatchewan reports 175 impaired driving offences in December

Saskatchewan reports 175 impaired driving offences in December

Operation Red Nose, a national road safety campaign that provides safe rides home during the holidays, returned to Saskatchewan after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saskatchewan police

Crime statistics released Wednesday by Saskatchewan RCMP say they issued charges for 175 impaired driving-related offences, as well as 13 roadside suspensions, from Dec. 19, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2023

The campaign, which ran from November 25th to December 31st, provided 401 rides in the province with the help of 366 volunteers from four community organizations.

Marie-Chantal Fortin, the organization’s national development coordinator, said “we potentially prevented 400 crashes in the province during the holiday season.”

Throughout December 2021, police services across Saskatchewan reported a total of 361 impaired driving offenses: 275 criminal charges and 86 administrative suspensions, such as a roadside suspension. The year before, there were 369 reported offenses and in December 2019, there were 295 reported offenses.

Marie-Chantal Fortin, the national development co-ordinator at Operation Red Nose in Saskatchewan.

Marie-Chantal Fortin, the national development co-ordinator at Operation Red Nose, says the organization is happy with how many people got safe rides home during this year’s campaign.

In Regina, 14 people were charged with impaired driving and five drivers were issued immediate suspensions and vehicle impoundments after testing positive for THC. Some drivers were tested for alcohol but none met the threshold for an offense.

Source: CBC News

Original Article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/impaired-driving-christmas-1.6702507

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