Regina residents' safety a priority
Ding in the New Year returns
Dec. 8, 2016
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 29th 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.
"We know that in Saskatchewan too many people make the decision to drink and drive," said Mayor Michael Fougere. "People want to celebrate during the holidays, and programs like Ding in the New Year help by providing another option. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel after drinking, especially with a free, comprehensive service available."
"Please make one resolution this new year — 'I will never drive when I'm impaired,'" said Warren Steinley, MLA for Regina Walsh Acres, on behalf of Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave. "Make it for the Van de Vorst family, the Kerpan family and your own family. Last year, during the holiday season alone, seven people were killed and 33 more were injured in 119 crashes related to impaired driving in Saskatchewan. Drive sober or plan a safe ride home for your family and everyone else's family."
"Staying sober behind the wheel isn't just about avoiding criminal charges," said Inspector Trevor Ewart of the Regina Police Service. "We want people to see beyond the short term. Plan a safe ride to prevent the grief of a life, forever lost or altered, from an alcohol-involved collision."
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 CityApp for real-time schedules or to see bus routes near their locations. They can also call the RideLine 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.