'Tis the time to stuff your belly with turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy and all the fixings while hanging out with friends and family over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, it's probably safe to say that said family and friends would sincerely appreciate it if you took the time and the caution to arrive alive at your destination, safe and sound. Tyler McMurchy with SGI chimed in with a few tips to keep in mind if you plan to travel.

"Always plan a safe ride home. Don't drink and drive, don't use drugs and drive. Avoid distractions when you are in the vehicle while driving. October's traffic safety spotlight is on distracted driving, so we know law enforcement will be using a variety of tactics to catch distracted drivers in the act."

He added that the laws that were clarified at the beginning of the year stipulate that drivers in the graduated licensing program are not allowed to use a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle at all, while experienced drivers can only use theirs if it is hands free or the equivalent, and mounted on a dash, etc. 

With the advent of fall, cooler temperatures are making their way into the province, and one might expect frost and possibly even some ice on the road.

"It's important to keep in mind that the posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. If it's wet, or a little icy or slick in any way, adjust your speed accordingly. It's the long weekend, so you've got plenty of time to get there. Also, watch out for construction zones and farm equipment," McMurchy said.

"We always remind passengers that they need to wear a seat-belt. Everybody needs to be buckled up, and children need to be in an appropriate child booster seat or car-seat, depending on their weight."

"If you are travelling long distances, make sure you are taking care of yourself. Make sure that you have enough caffeine. If you need to take a break from driving or switch drivers, do that. Ensure that nobody is driving distracted, under the influence, or fatigued," he stated.

"If you are driving, and you are not able to give the road your full and undivided attention, if you are drowsy and swerving, you'll be a danger to yourself and others."

More Local News

Feeling Blue? SAD Impacts People in Different Ways

The third Monday in January, better known as Blue Monday, is said to be one of the saddest and most depressing days of the year. There are many factors that make January depressing, including paying…

Police Variety Show Returns

The Estevan Police Association is holding their Police Variety Show on January 31 at the Estevan Comprehensive School at 6:30 pm. The show will feature performances by Marty Putz, Richy Roy, and…

Equipment At Arena Suspected Source of Carbon Monoxide

More information is coming out about the carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Montmartre Saturday. SaskEnergy suspects the source of the carbon monoxide, which sent upwards of fifteen players aged…

Snow Covered Licence Plate Could Result in Fine

With the recent dusting of snow we've received in the Friendly City, it's usual for drivers to clean off their windshield and lights before hitting the road. However, make sure not to forget to wipe…

Princesses And Superheroes Came Together To Fight for A Cure

There were many superheroes and princesses at the Super Magical Princess and Superhero Ball Saturday afternoon and everyone had a great time. "It's very good, everyone showed up and their having a…

EPS Kept Impaired Driver Off The Road

Early into Saturday evening, the Estevan Police Service were called to a two-vehicle collision on King Street and Souris Avenue. A westbound vehicle attempted to make a left turn from King Street and…

Accident On Friday Night

An accident on Friday evening kept Emergency crews busy. "At approximately 11 pm on January 18th, Estevan Police and Estevan Fire were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision," explains…

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login