There is one tool that the Estevan Police Service has in the fight against impaired driving and that is other drivers. Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur, explained that the Report Impaired Drivers (RID) program has seen a lot of use lately.
"That's just a fantastic program. We get so much cooperation in this community and so much support when it comes to impaired driving and reducing impaired driving. We certainly encourage the public to keep up with those calls."
"Some people are reluctant because they might see a vehicle weaving a little bit and think, "maybe this person is impaired but I don't want to bother the police" or" the police have better things to do.""
He added that the police courage these calls.
"We want those calls because how would you feel if you didn't make the call and someone got hurt as a result. We always encourage people to make the call. The best thing you can do is first, pull over. If you can obtain a description, a license plate number, and if possible, any details about the driver, then that's a huge assistance to us in locating that vehicle and stopping that vehicle."
Ladouceur said that they hope to continue to see public participation.
"We do have a phenomenal success rate in receiving RID calls and actually stopping and apprehending drivers. A lot of our impaired driving arrests come from the public. So keep up that great work. Keeping the community safe is everybody's business. The police do it full time and they get paid to do it but it's everyone's responsibility to keep the community safe and we really appreciate the calls."