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Police issue traffic safety reminder

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Estevan Police Service members are reminding the public about pedestrian safety laws, after they received a couple of complaints this week.

Vehicles failed to yield to pedestrians, and nearly caused an accident. A father and son were almost hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Souris Avenue and Third Street on Wednesday.

Then a woman was almost struck on Thursday while crossing at the traffic lights at the Fourth Street and Ninth Avenue intersection.

Both these incidents are under investigation.

Police are urging the public to slow down, to pay attention to traffic lights and to watch for pedestrians. The weather is finally co-operating and more people are riding bikes and walking on streets and sidewalks around Estevan. 

Officers will be stepping up enforcement at high risk crossings, and looking for offenders who are putting the public at risk by failing to yield, disobeying traffic signals, and driving without due care and attention. 

Officers are also asking the public to remind family, friends and co-workers to drive safely.

In other news, police were called to a disturbance in a parking lot on the north end of the city on Tuesday night. A male and a female, each 17 years of age, were spoken to. The matter was dealt with and both subjects were sent on their way. 

A fight in an alley in central Estevan was reported. When police arrived in the area, they did not locate anyone. 

Police received a report of a hit-and-run. The matter is under investigation. Police have a suspect in the matter. 

A report of a missing person was received. The matter was cleared up shortly afterward when the subject called, and reported that the battery in his phone had died, and he was unable to reach anyone for a period of time. 

A 21-year-old male was charged with prohibited driving, driving while over .08 and impaired driving, after police located him operating his vehicle in the central area of the city. He will make a court appearance on June 2.

Police were called to a residence on the north end of the city on Monday night to check on a subject’s well-being. When police located the subject, he was noted to be intoxicated and emotionally disturbed. Following an examination at hospital, he was lodged in cells for the evening for his safety. 

A report of an impaired driver en route to Estevan from the North Portal area was also received. EPS members, along with the RCMP, were not able to locate the vehicle. 

Police also responded to a residence on the west end of the city after a 911 call was received, and nobody was on the line. Police were able to determine the occupants of the residence were having trouble with their phone line. SaskTel was contacted.   

A counterfeit $10 bill was turned into police. Shop owners should be checking for the proper markings on the bills, as this was a very poor quality fabrication. When observing the money, please check both sides of the bill and look for flaws.

Police responded to a complaint of a pedestrian being splashed. Drivers should be made aware that this can result in a $280 fine for driving without reasonable consideration for others. Motorists are reminded that if they see a pedestrian and they are in a slushy or wet area, please slow down.


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