A total of 198 tickets were issued during a traffic safety blitz that occurred in Estevan on Wednesday and Thursday.
Members of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) and the Estevan Traffic Services division of the RCMP were involved in the blitz. The traffic enforcement program was possible through the support of SGI.
Law enforcement officers, from various agencies across the province, were involved in the initiative.
The traffic violation charges were for infractions such as speeding, distracted driving, seat belt usage and having window tint. Two criminal code charges were laid. Police also conducted 56 vehicle inspections and checked 99 child care seats.
"While most motorists drive with great care and control on Estevan and area roadways, there are still drivers that do not afford the required care and control to keep our community safe while operating a motor vehicle," the EPS stated in a news release.
The EPS says it will continue to work with SGI and its partner agencies to ensure that roadways are safe for both motorists and pedestrians.
Other recent highlights for police were:
Officers received a report of an impaired driver on the north end of the city on Thursday. The vehicle and owner were located, but the owner was not operating the vehicle. The owner had been drinking and was warned not to drive, or face charges.
A call of a suspicious person and possible mischief incident was received, when a female who was home alone heard someone outside her house. This occurred on the north end of the city. The neighbor also advised police he did see someone run from the yard. Police did not locate anyone in the area. No damage was noted to the residence. This matter is being looked into further.
Police issued a three-day driving license suspension to a 49-year-old male who blew a warning result on the roadside screening device. He was stopped as a result of driving actions.
A 30-year-old male was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, when police located him and arrested him on other outstanding warrants. A search subsequent to the arrest revealed a sufficient amount of cocaine. He will appear in court on October 6.
A 39-year-old male was also arrested and charged with impaired driving and driving while over .08, after police located his vehicle in a suspicious area of the city. He will appear in court September 29.
Officers received a call from a local trailer park of a suspicious bag close to a shed. Police attended and retrieved the bag. It contains several items that will be destroyed if they are not claimed by the end of the weekend. The owner can call police at 306-634-4767, and describe the bag and its contents.
Police were called to the mall, as a person had found a young child in the parking lot without adult supervision. The child was able to communicate well enough that a parent was located and the child was returned safely.
Members responded to an alarm at a local oilfield company. It was a safety alarm that was called in. An employee was conducting a test.
A 56-year-old female was arrested and lodged for public intoxication on Wednesday night, after police received a complaint of her wandering around a business on the east end of the city. She was lodged for her safety.
An 18-year-old male was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled substance, after police located him smoking marijuana in his vehicle on the north end of the city. He will make a court appearance on September 29.
A call of a possible impaired driver was received. Police located and stopped the vehicle, and determined the driver was in fact sober. No further action was necessary.
Police received two separate 911 calls of a male walking along the street in the central area of the Estevan, while carrying two handguns. The male was located and although he did not have the weapons at the time, admitted he was carrying two airsoft guns a few minutes prior. He had dropped them off at his residence. Police confirmed the guns were in fact airsoft guns, but they resembled handguns. He was warned in regards to the manor he was carrying them and the issue it caused.
Officers received a call to a residence in the Trojan area. A male subject had entered the yard and deck of an elderly lady, and woke her. Police located the subject, who was extremely intoxicated and had obviously attended to the wrong address. He was arrested and lodged in cells until sober.
Police fielded a call from a person, saying that a female called 911 and needed help. The female was located and was brought into custody for her own safety. The matter is under investigation.