Hundreds of traffic charges laid over Thanksgiving weekend

Police officers across Saskatchewan were busy over the Thanksgiving long weekend, according to RCMP Sergeant Conrad Logan of “F” Division Traffic Services.

  Several RCMP members from various Detachments, Traffic Services and specialized sections gave their time to ensure the roadways were safe by participating in Operation Impact.

“Unfortunately, we had a fatal collision near Maple Creek and members still responded to several calls for service throughout the province,” said Logan.

In a news release issued on Wednesday, October 10, the RCMP provided a snapshot of some of the work RCMP members completed to enhance road safety.

Check stops were conducted on some of the province’s busiest areas, including: Highway 2 North of Moose Jaw, Highway 6 within the town of Southey, near Fillmore Detachment on Highway 33, Highway 39 outside of Estevan, and again on Highway 39 near Weyburn along with various other patrols and road safety initiatives throughout the province.   

“Although every RCMP Detachment and municipal police service participated, we only have statistics for Combined Traffic Services Section (CTSS),” said Logan.  These statistics are:

– 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 solid line, drive unregistered vehicle, etc.)

– 9 cellphone tickets

– 19 seatbelt tickets

All told, there were 723 charges laid for these offences.

Logan noted there were also 456 written warnings and 56 Inspection Notices issued by police.

In addition, a vehicle was stopped for Speeding along Highway 1 west of White City at 178 km/hr in a 110km/hr zone.  After investigation, the driver was charged with impaired driving.

In another incident, 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.

One other incident involved a vehicle that 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,” said Logan. “We encourage anyone who is consuming alcohol or a drug to plan ahead and not operate any motorized vehicle.”