Thirty new police officers have been allocated to southeast Saskatchewan, thanks to the introduction of new dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units.
The provincial government made the announcement on June 2. The officers will likely be affiliated with the RCMP.
They could wind up in Estevan, Weyburn or other communities in the southeast corner.
Fifteen of the officers will be from existing provincially funded positions, and 15 will be new officers funded by Saskatchewan General Insurance (SGI).
A similar 30-officer unit will be operating out of Saskatoon.
“New legislation with a focus on harsher penalties for impaired driving, distracted driving and excessive speed takes effect in the province on June 27,” SGI Minister Donna Harpauer said. “Strong and visible enforcement are essential to make the new legislation effective.”
“Saskatchewan has one of the worst rates of injury and collisions on highways,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.
“With 60 more officers dedicated to enforcing the new laws, drivers will have additional encouragement to change behaviours that could result in a traffic collision, making our roads safer for all road users.”
"Increased traffic safety of our roadways is critical to ensure the safety of our citizens,” RCMP Division Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr said.
“Our provincial traffic safety strategy is focused on fostering key partnerships, creating public awareness, and enhancing enforcement efforts. At the end of the day, we are all working toward the common goal of keeping our roadways safe."
The Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units were developed as a result of two recommendations from the Saskatchewan Legislature all-party traffic safety report, which was released last year.