Heading into the Canada Day long weekend, the Estevan Police Service (EPS) reminds the public to stay safe and avoid driving under the influence.

“We’re just trying to keep people safe over the holiday long weekend so everyone can enjoy it,” said Constable Craig Bird. “We’re always out there making sure people aren’t driving impaired, which includes alcohol, drugs, and distracted driving that is always high on our priority list.”

EPS has seen increases in the number of intoxicated drivers over the past long weekends. Bird added that they want everyone to enjoy themselves but to remember to arrange a safe ride home ahead of time.

“People go out, have a good time, and then forget that there may be consequences.”

He added that at a minimum, they can lose their license and have their vehicle towed. As alcohol and drug levels increase in the driver’s system, criminal charges or losing driving privileges for an extended period or indefinitely may occur.

“It’s fairly serious, and then hopefully there are no other consequences like getting into an accident where somebody may be injured.”

With more kids enjoying the outdoors, it is important to remind them of the importance of paying attention to traffic signs and lights, crossing at crosswalks, and looking both ways before crossing the street.

“For drivers, pay a little more attention because kids are out on their bikes and walking around due to the nice weather,” said Bird. “So, slow down, especially in cities and residential areas, to keep everybody safe and be mindful that people are out and may not be paying as much attention as they should.”

Bird reiterated that a moment of distraction or impairment can have lasting consequences, adding that by working together everyone from pedestrians to drivers can safely enjoy the holiday weekend together.