There are several programs across the province that help people who have had a few drinks, get home safely. However, at this time, Estevan is not participating in any of them. 

"That's something that we're going to be discussing," shared Deputy Police Chief, Murray Cowan. "It's certainly a thing that we're considering looking at as far as people planning a safe ride home."

Operation Red Nose has been running in the province for many years and most recently, Weyburn instituted a program called This Ride's On Us. 

"The program Weyburn Police Service has implemented is really catching on. I know it was something that was discussed recently at a SGI subcommittee meeting. I attended that meeting. Because Weyburn is one of our close neighbours and we communicate very closely with their police service quite regularly."

"Basically what they do, they have local establishments involved with it and you can drop your keys at the counter or with your waitress. The establishment will drop those keys off at the police station ans then the people can come and bring their keys up the next day."

"I don't want to say that we're going to adopt it as of yet but it is certainly something that has become quite popular up there."

Cowan shared that he has seen an increase in programs such as This Ride's On Us and Operation Red Nose which runs in Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, The Battlefords, and Yorkton, and is highly supportive of anything that keeps impaired drivers off the streets. 

"We couldn't support more, the fact that people need to plan a safe ride home. There's a lot of programs on the go right now, including the high visibility check-stops that we do and those are going to continue most certainly in the community."

"We're researching with our other law enforcement partners as to how well those programs are working in their areas and if it works well there, it will here." 

You can read more about Weyburn's program, This Ride's On Us here. For more information on Operation Red Nose, you can visit their website.


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