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Nov 30, 2018

December’s Traffic Safety Spotlight is on impaired driving. Throughout the month, you can expect police to be out in force watching for impaired drivers.

In the spirit of the season, Santa’s little helpers at SGI have re-imagined some classic Christmas songs, to drive home the importance of planning a safe ride ahead of time if your holiday get-togethers involve alcohol or drugs. Don’t wreck your festivities – or anyone else’s – by getting an impaired driving charge or causing a collision.

Christie* Was Impaired

(Sung to the tune of “Frosty The Snowman”)

 

Christie was impaired

She had way too many drinks

Always tells her friends

“I’m okay to drive”

She’s not as good as she thinks

 

Christie was impaired

When she got into her van

She’d had too much rum

But her friends stayed mum

Should have been a Good Wingman

 

There really was no reason why

They didn’t take her keys

If only they had asked her nice

She’d have listened to their pleas

 

Christie was impaired

When she got into her van

She’d had too much rum

But her friends stayed mum

Should have been a Good Wingman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There really was no reason why

They didn’t take her keys

If only they had asked her nice

She’d have listened to their pleas

 

Christie was impaired

Knew the cops were out that night

But she said “I’ll go.

And they’ll never know

If I don’t turn on my lights”

 

Out on the highway,

The blues and reds turned on,

Christie thought “Oh dear,”

As she felt some fear,

Then she drove across a lawn

 

Christie was impaired

Should have found a safe ride home

Either called a cab,

A friend or her dad,

Now she’s in a cell alone!

 

*Not a real person

 

“Call a Friend, Hail a Cab, Stay the Night”

(Sung to the tune of “Let it Snow”)

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful,

And the wine is so delightful,

Make sure your choice is right,

Call a friend, hail a cab, stay the night.

 

The holidays are upon us

So let’s all make the promise

That before we say good night,

Call a friend, hail a cab, stay the night.

 

 

 

‘Tis the Season to Drive Sober

(Sung to the tune of “Deck the Halls”)

 

If you’re impaired, you should not drive

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

Make a good choice, #PlanASafeRide

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

Phone a friend or just stay over

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

Tis the season to drive sober

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

 

Spiked eggnog, whiskey and beer

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

 

 

 

If you choose to go get impaired,

Make sure there’s a safe ride home

Don’t get caught unprepared

Just make sure you have a safe ride home!

 

The fire is slowly dying,

Call a friend, hail a cab, stay the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will make it tougher to steer

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

Police are watching, near and far

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

 

Take a cab home from the bar

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

When the blazing joint gets handed

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

B’ware the roadside test demanded

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

T-H-C – it will measure

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

 

And you risk a vehicle seizure

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

 Customer inquiries

Customer Contact Centre

1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744)

BACKGROUNDER:

Deck the halls… with sober driving

The holiday season: when ugly Christmas sweaters are brought out, semi-awkward office parties happen, and SGI and Law Enforcement team up to focus on impaired driving as part of the December Traffic Safety Spotlight.

Statistics:

  • Last holiday season (Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018), three people were killed and 18 people were injured as a result of impaired driving-related collisions in Saskatchewan.

 

  • In total, alcohol was a factor in 39 deaths (39% of all traffic fatalities) in Saskatchewan in 2017.

 

  • Last year in Saskatchewan, there were 770 collisions involving alcohol or drugs, killing 39 people and injuring 368 others.

 

Consequences for impaired driving:

 

  • There is zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving, and penalties for alcohol impaired driving start at .04 BAC for experienced drivers. (Zero tolerance for drivers in the Graduated Drivers Licensing program and those 21 and under.)

 

  • An experienced driver caught with a BAC between .04 to .08 on a first offence faces a three-day licence suspension, a three-day vehicle seizure and has to complete a DWI course. Drug-impaired drivers who fail a standardized field sobriety test face the same consequences.

 

  • A new driver caught driving with any amount of alcohol or impairing drugs in their system on a first offence has their licence suspended for 60 days and their vehicle seized for 3 days. They also have to complete a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) course

 

  • Drivers with a BAC over .08 or who fail a Drug Recognition Evaluation face Criminal Code charges, regardless if they are a new or experienced driver.

 

  • Consequences for first-time high BAC offenders include indefinite roadside suspensions, a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure, and mandatory ignition interlock for a minimum of one year if convicted.
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