The long weekend is about to kick off, and with that a lot of people will be hitting the road. The RCMP just wants to remind everyone to be safe while traveling to and from locations as things get busy. 

In a recent release, 

“As of May 9, Saskatchewan RCMP and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan have investigated 19 fatal collisions in Saskatchewan RCMP jurisdiction this year. This is a 90% increase in fatal collisions compared to the 10 that were reported at the same time last year,”  

says Supt. Grant St. Germaine, the officer in charge of Saskatchewan RCMP Traffic Services. 

“It’s important to note that many of these collisions remain under investigation and we can’t yet speak to what has caused them all. But this is not a trend we want to see continue. Given the anticipated increase in traffic as we head into the long weekend, I encourage all motorists to make safe choices when they are behind the wheel. We all have a part to play in keeping Saskatchewan’s roads as safe as possible.” 

RCMP ask: 

  • Always ensure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt 

  • Keep your phone out of reach 

  • Give yourself time to get where you are going. 

  • Designate a sober driver if needed 

  • If you see a suspected impaired driver, pull over and immediately call 911 

Officers with the RCMP and other police services will be out in large numbers and conducting check stops to keep the roads and communities safe for everyone. 

May is also motorcycle awareness month