Police out in full force on long weekend watching for impaired drivers

May 18, 2017 10:45 am

Police will be out in full force this weekend watching for impaired drivers

Police all over the province will be running check stops during the long weekend to help curb and catch impaired drivers.

"We want everyone to be able to enjoy their long weekend in the company of their loved ones," said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice-President of the Auto Fund. "As you head out this weekend, make sure to buckle up and put the cellphone away, and don't drive if you've consumed drugs or alcohol."

Saskatchewan's tough new impaired driving laws - which came into effect Jan. 1 - mean that experienced drivers charged with .04 blood alcohol content (BAC) will lose their licence for three days, and have their vehicle seized for three days. For all drivers 21 and under and anyone in the Graduated Driver Licensing program, there is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

If there is any alcohol or drugs in a new driver's system, they can lose their licence for a minimum of 60 days and have their vehicle seized for a minimum of three days.