Ding in the New Year — Free Transit on New Year's Eve
Let Prince Albert Transit be your designated driver this New Year's Eve
Dec. 13, 2016
The City of Prince Albert, Prince Albert Police Service and SGI launched today at City Hall in Prince Albert the annual "Ding in the New Year" program.
Residents are encouraged to "Ding in the New Year" by taking the free public transit offered from 8:15 p.m. Dec. 31, 2016 to 3 a.m. Jan. 1, 2017.
"During the holiday season last year, seven people died and 33 more were hurt in 119 impaired driving crashes throughout Saskatchewan," said Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave.
This year there are 4 routes to service the West Hill, East Hill, West Flat and East Flat areas of the City and all routes will meet at the downtown Central Transit Transfer Station.
"The city is pleased to offer this service to residents," said City Manager Jim Toye. "We want to make sure to keep our residents safe this holiday season."
The bus routes are very similar to daytime routes with a few minor changes to the West Hill routes. Route maps can be found at www.citypa.ca.
Prince Albert Police Chief Troy Cooper commends the efforts by SGI and the City of Prince Albert to encourage safe rides homes for residents. "If we have one person injured as a result of impaired driving — that is one person too many," said Chief Cooper. "We have been partnering with SGI the last two months in increasing traffic enforcement to drive down impaired driving. If you are thinking of drinking and then getting behind the wheel — don't. It is not worth the potential risks."
Minister Hargrave would like to see every person in Saskatchewan take a resolution this year to not drink and drive. "Maybe you knew one of the victims or offenders. We've all been impacted by impaired driving at one time or another," said Joe Hargrave. "This year please make one very important resolution — 'I will never drive when I'm impaired.' Your friends and family need you — drive sober or plan a safe ride home for them and for you," said Hargrave.
The "Ding in the New Year" Program started in Prince Albert in 1989 and has provided over 10,000 safe and free rides home.
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.