RID expands province-wide
November 16, 2011
People all over Saskatchewan can help keep roads safe now that the Report Impaired Drivers (RID) program is in effect across the province.
RID encourages the public to call 911 if they see a driver they suspect is impaired.
“Sixty people are killed and another 800 are injured in our province each year due to impaired driving collisions,” said the Hon. Tim McMillan, Minister Responsible for SGI and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). “With the support of the RCMP and a whole province behind it, the RID program helps remove impaired drivers from our roads, preventing these senseless collisions from happening in the first place.”
RID is a partnership led by SGI, SLGA and the RCMP, with support from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drinking and Driving. It began as a pilot program in Saskatoon in March 2010, expanded to Regina in September 2010, to Moose Jaw and Prince Albert in March and to Weyburn and Estevan in September.
Since then, police say RID calls have led to 300 impaired driving charges. Police have also sent warning letters to more than 2,100 vehicle owners, advising them their vehicle was reported as being operated by a suspected impaired driver. These results show that public awareness of the program is quite high. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. found that two thirds of respondents were aware of the RID program.
“We are very pleased to partner with SGI and SLGA to expand the RID program province-wide,” said Insp. Andy Landers, Officer in Charge of RCMP ‘F’ Division Traffic Services. “The RCMP and SGI share the common goal of enhanced safety on Saskatchewan roads, and with the public’s support of the RID program, we are one step closer to reaching that goal.”
It is recommended that drivers pull over safely to the side of the road before dialing, or have a passenger make the 911 call.
Manager of Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance