Ding in the New Year returns to Regina!
Dec. 3, 2015
Regina Transit and SGI are pleased to partner again to offer free transit and paratransit services for residents on New Year’s Eve with the 28th annual Ding in the New Year. The free bus service will run from 7 p.m. on December 31 to 2:15 a.m. on January 1.
"Ding in the New Year is an important initiative, and it’s one that people have come to rely on,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “The potential cost of impaired driving has been demonstrated time and again in our province, and we always want to do what we can to help protect Regina families.”
“When making your New Year’s Eve plans this year, be sure your plans include a safe ride home,” Minister Responsible for SGI Don McMorris said. “During the holiday season last year in Saskatchewan, impaired driving needlessly ended three lives and injured 44 people. That is one tradition we don’t want to continue, so ding in the New Year with a free bus ride home to make sure you and your loved ones arrive alive.”
“On the issue of drinking and driving, people sometimes focus on short-term consequences like getting a ticket or losing a license,” said Superintendent Corey Zaharuk of the Regina Police Service. “We want the public’s consideration to include the long-term consequences; what we are really talking about here is preventing loss and grief that comes from lives senselessly stolen, or altered forever, because of alcohol-involved collisions. Prevention starts with each of us making a plan to get home safely on New Year’s Eve and every other night of the year.”
Regina Transit offers numerous options for residents to plan their routes on New Year’s Eve, and year-round. Residents are encouraged to visit Regina.ca to access TransitLive.com or download the City App for real-time schedules and to see bus routes near their locations. They can also text their bus stop number to 306-596-6136 and receive a text in seconds with the time the next bus will arrive. They can also call the Ride Line at 306-777-RIDE (7433) for more information.
Ding in the New Year is provided by the City of Regina, SGI and long-time sponsors Rawlco Radio, the Leader Post, CTV and Printwest.
On behalf of the City of Regina, SGI and Regina Police Service, have a happy and responsible New Year.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.