SASKATOON – As a festive holiday season came to an end, so too did a Saskatchewan-wide initiative to stop drunk drivers.
December’s month-long traffic blitz – Operation Overdrive – saw 436 tickets issued by police for impaired driving.
According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), 215 drunk drivers were charged, 88 had a blood alcohol content over .08 and 133 licence suspensions were given to motorists.
During Operation Overdrive in December 2012, police checked over 8,600 vehicles and issued 217 tickets for impaired driving.
SGI and the province’s law enforcement are reminding motorists to always plan a safe ride home by phoning a friend, calling a cab or using a designated driving service.
At least 725 safe rides were given by Operation Red Nose in The Battlefords, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.
Between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31 2013, 615 red nose volunteers raised almost $16,000 for youth and amateur sports organizations in the participating cities.
In 2014, all province-wide traffic blitzes are month long operations. January’s focus is on intersection safety.