The Regina Police Service is embarking on a short-term “blitz”, from now through the Labour Day weekend, to address Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Act (SLGA) infractions as well as Criminal Code offences that arise from the over-consumption of alcohol. Police want to reduce risk to patrons of night clubs, bars and taverns and address safety concerns that spring from the aggressive and assaultive behaviour of extremely intoxicated persons.
From August 27, 2010, (tonight) through to September 5, 2010, police will be directing extra attention to night clubs, bars, tavern and “off-sale” liquor distribution points and their surrounding areas. This enhanced enforcement will involve the Regina Police Service and inspectors from Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming.
Over-consumption of alcohol leads to numerous calls for service for police, especially on busy weekend nights. The high call-load, in turn, may affect investigative police response times on non-emergency calls elsewhere in the city. The SLGA infractions that occur include: public intoxication, minors consuming alcohol, serving of intoxicated persons and open liquor in a public place. Typically Criminal Code offences arising out of over-consumption of alcohol include: impaired driving, exceed .08, causing a disturbance, mischief, assault and assault with a weapon. In recent weeks, there have also been incidents where EMS (Emergency Medical Services) has had to provide emergency medical intervention and transport to hospital for some individuals due to their extremely high levels of intoxication.
The Regina Police Service is also working pro-actively with bar and business owners to encourage compliance with, and knowledge of, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Act and other legislation.
The Regina Police Service has the following reminders for Regina residents and visitors:
- Be responsible and avoid consuming alcohol to the point of impairment or intoxication;
- Do not drink and drive;
- Respect the rights of other people; respect their property;
- If you see a crime in progress call 9-1-1.
The Regina Police Service thanks the media and public for their co-operation in these matters.