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SGI asking drivers to be careful this Labour Day long weekend

Restrictions put in place at Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road appear to be helping safety at the dangerous intersection.
With the last official long weekend of the summer here, Saskatchewan Government Insurance would like to remind motorists to drive safely. File / Global News

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is encouraging people to consider safety when heading out on the province’s roads during the Labour Day long weekend.

The highways will be busy with football fans flocking to Regina to watch the Saskatchewan Roughriders game on Sunday, and the Crown corporation is reminding drivers to slow down, be patient and give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations.

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With increased traffic on Saskatchewan roads and highways, SGI said the risk of being hurt or killed in a collision almost doubles over long weekends.

Fifteen people lose their lives and 535 others are hurt in crashes over long weekends each year in the province, based on a five-year average from SGI numbers for 2013-17.

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