Provincial law enforcement have announced the extension of their Operation Overdrive traffic safety initiative for the entire month of December.
Throughout the holiday season, police officers will be increasing resources and heightening their focus on impaired driving across Saskatchewan.
Last year the province saw 136 alcohol-related collisions during the holiday season, resulting in 64 injuries and three deaths. Over the course of 2011, 52 people were killed and 619 injured in a total of 1,284 alcohol-involved collisions throughout the region.
SGI and police remind motorists that although a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 is a criminal offence, a BAC of only .04 will result in a 24-hour roadside suspension for the first offence; a 15-day suspension and requirement to complete a driving without impairment course for a second offence; and a 90-day suspension for a third offence, with the requirement of taking addiction screening and education in order to regain one’s license.