December 30, 2018 2:59 pm
Updated: December 31, 2018 4:31 pm

Warman, Sask. bar teams up with Prairie Transit to provide safe rides home on New Year’s Eve

WATCH: The Town of Warman is asking residents from around the community to make smart decisions on the road after 11-year-old Sophie Schnurr was killed in a head-on collision with an alleged drunk driver days before Christmas.

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The city of Warman, just outside of Saskatoon, has come up with a system to ensure those leaving their local bar on New Year’s Eve end up at home, safe and sound.

“We have gotten together with Tosh’s Bar and Grill and decided we would start off the new year on the right foot and give everyone a safe ride home, and we will be continuing that on through the new year,” said Valerie King, Prairie Transit owner and operator.

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After Warman residents Dawn and Sam Schnurr lost their 11-year-old daughter in a head-on collision just days before Christmas, the community decided to come together to ensure another tragedy doesn’t occur.

“We want to support the family that lost the little girl so Prairie Transport is donating any tips that are given to the family, and for people that don’t need a ride, there will be something on the bar if they want to donate,” said Elaine Cousen, owner of Tosh’s Bar and Grill.

SGI has been stressing the importance of driving sober during the holiday season.

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Leading up to Christmas, police cracked down on stop checks, but the number of impaired drivers remained high for the month of November. Police across the province reported 255 impaired driving-related offences, 325 seatbelt-related offences, 728 distracted driving offences and 5,022 speeding-related offences.

Not only will Prairie Transit offer rides to residents in Warman but also to people in Martensville and Osler as well.

“I think it’s important to keep our community safe, especially our rural areas are kind of left behind, and they need safe rides home as well,” King said.

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