On August 23rd and 24th, the Regina Police Service hosted roadside checks involving the Multi-Agency Seat Belt Team (MASTeam), to help improve safety on our province’s roads. MAST is an SGI-sponsored initiative that brings together Saskatchewan enforcement agencies with a common dedication to road safety in our province. The MASTeam’s focus is seat belt enforcement and education.
Although Regina was the location for this most recent MASTeam project, these initiatives are hosted throughout the province. RPS members were joined by officers from the RCMP, C-N Police and Weyburn, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw Police Services. Child Restraint Technicians from SGI were also present to provide education and, in a few cases, proper child car seats.
During the two-day blitz, police officers issued a total of 227 tickets, which included 137 seat belt tickets plus other traffic offenses. Child Restraint Technicians from SGI provided education to 35 people on proper use of children’s car seats. They also gave away two forward-facing and 11 booster seats. The safety check stops were located at:
- Albert Street and 8th Avenue,
- Lewvan and 13th Avenue,
- Rochdale Blvd and Pasqua Street North, and
- Dewdney Avenue and Broder Street.
The Regina Police Service commends motorists who choose safety for themselves and their families by “Buckling Up”. MASTeam initiatives are an example of law enforcement and SGI working co-operatively with the public for safer roads in Saskatchewan.