SGI has set a new resolution for people to take with the New Year quickly approaching.
"We know that during New Years Eve people make resolutions, but often times those resolutions are forgotten. So we've come up with a resolution that's easy to keep and that everyone should make and keep for 2018," shared Tyler McMurchy with SGI.
"We are asking everyone to resolve to drive sober in 2018, unlike many resolutions this one has instant results and health benefits. Everyone gets home safe and sound, you don't get arrested and you don't get charged with impaired driving. It's just one that everybody should find easy to stick to and be motivated to keep, given the fact that all through January and throughout the year police across Saskatchewan will be helping everyone remember that resolution by targeting impaired drivers with check stops and strategic enforcement.'
"During the holiday season the spotlight is impaired driving but it is also the traffic safety spotlight for January as well. It's to drive home how important it is to address the issue of impaired driving. We know that it's the number one cause of fatalities on Saskatchewan roads."
"In 2016 we saw 57 people die in collisions involving alcohol or drugs, another 464 injured. Those numbers are too high for something that is 100 percent preventable," stated Tyler McMurchy.
"No matter where you are there's always a better option, there's always a better option than drinking and driving impaired. Make sure that you always plan a safe ride home, if you're going to be out and there's alcohol, you need to make sure that you make a plan before hand because you're not making good decisions after a night of drinking."
"Some of those plans could include being a good wing-man and making sure that your friends get home safe. If that means being the designated driver or planning to have a designated driver or calling a sober, designated driver. If you are in a community that has a taxi service or a designated driving service, take advantage of that. Call a friend or make plans to stay the night," he expressed.
"Saskatchewan has some of the toughest impaired driving laws in the country. They were strengthened again in the start of 2017 with the 3 day vehicle seizures, the zero tolerance age was raise to 21 for drivers using drugs or alcohol and there are of course stronger ignition interlock laws as well. That's on top of any fines or jail time or driving restrictions that the courts could impose upon conviction."
"Impaired driving in 100 percent not worth the risk and we know that the police are out there looking for impaired drivers throughout the holiday season and on into 2018. It is an extremely important area of focus for them given that impaired driving is a significant traffic concern in Saskatchewan."