The Saskatchewan government will be testing a new, collaborative approach in tackling impaired driving.
From the August long weekend through Labour Day, 5 pilot projects by several government ministries will be held in various locations across the province.
They include Drive Dollars, where bar patrons will be asked when they order drinks, if they’d like to put a small amount of their tab toward a taxi home.
Another initiative is positive ticketing for sober or designated drivers stopped at routine traffic or check-stops.
For Minister of Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor these initiatives are effort to continue to lower the numbers, while staying on top of a very important issue.
“I think we need to do more than have punitive approaches to this,” she said.
One of those examples includes the use of the social media hashtags, #CareAboutImpaired.
“In a couple of bars in Regina, and in Saskatoon and in Moose Jaw, over a weekend night, the police will show up in uniform and if there’s a loud speaker service will say ‘Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a great time and please make sure you don’t drink and drive.'”
The minister said good data and good evaluation requires triangulation, which involves interviewing people and asking questions.
(With files from CKRM)