The Saskatchewan RCMP have released numbers from the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.
"It was another busy Thanksgiving long weekend for the RCMP in the Province of Saskatchewan. Several members from various Detachments, Traffic Services and specialized sections gave their time to ensure the roadways were safe by participating in Operation Impact."
There was one fatal collision near Maple Creek and members responded to several calls.
"Check stops were conducted on some of the provinces busiest areas such as; Hwy 2 North of Moose Jaw, Hwy 6 within the town of Southey, near Fillmore Detachment on Hwy 33, Hwy 39 outside of Estevan, and again on Hwy 39 near Weyburn along with various other patrols/ road safety initiatives throughout the Province."
The Combined Traffic Services Section (CTSS) reported:
- 5 alcohol-impaired charges
- 1 drug-impaired charge
- 2 roadside suspensions
- 546 speeding tickets
- 143 Other Moving and Other Non-Moving tickets (ie: follow too close, cross the solid line, drive unregistered vehicle, etc.)
- 9 cellphone tickets
- 19 seatbelt tickets
= 723 Charges
Other things to note:
- 456 Written Warnings issued
- 56 Inspection Notices issued
-A Vehicle was stopped for Speeding along Hwy 1 west of White City at 178 km/hr in a 110km/hr zone. After investigation, the driver was charged with impaired driving.
-A vehicle was stopped after an Automated Licence Plate Reader equipped vehicle received a hit on a vehicle, after investigation, the driver was deemed to be under the influence of Drugs (pharmaceutical) and charged.
-A vehicle was stopped for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign, after investigation, the driver was charged with impaired driving.
"Impaired driving (by alcohol and drug) continues to be an issue on the roadways in Saskatchewan. We encourage anyone who is consuming alcohol or a drug to plan ahead and not operate any motorized vehicle."