Motorists in Regina may have notice a few more officers on the streets last week. The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) is a partnership between Law Enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan, as well as Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Through STEP, police services combine resources to take traffic enforcement and education to various Saskatchewan cities. This was the third STEP traffic blitz in Saskatchewan this year, with previous events in Prince Albert and Yorkton. Regina’s STEP blitz ran on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th, 2015. This traffic enforcement blitz included representatives from Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Saskatchewan Municipal Police agencies, Saskatchewan Highways & Infrastructure (Highway Transport Patrol), Saskatchewan Justice, Ministry of Finance, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Police, and RCMP from across the province.
Officers and civilian staff from the above-mentioned organizations worked together to improve road safety, with the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan roads. Officers, along with car seat technicians, and other crew members, as needed, performed traffic stop checks at various Regina locations, including near school zones and residential areas. The crews mainly focused on speeding, unregistered vehicles, car seats, illegal use of cell phones, and seat belt violations. Officers were also on the look-out for other offenses, such as impaired drivers.
The statistics for the two-day STEP blitz are as follows:
Traffic Tickets (Totals for Sept 16 and 17)
Speeding Violations: 263
Seatbelt Violations: 33
No Operators (Suspended Drivers/Invalid License): 14
Vehicle Equipment Regulations: 26
Unregistered Vehicles: 7
Cell Phone Violations: 32
Drug Recognition Evaluations/Standard Field Sobriety Tests: 2
Criminal Code Violations: 2
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (Totals for Sept 16 and 17)
Vehicle Inspections: 72
Vehicles Taken Out of Service: 20
Child Seat Technicians (Totals for Sept 16 and 17)
Rear Facing Seat Inspections: 20
Forward Facing Seat Inspections: 45
Booster Seat Inspections: 52
Car Seats Given Away: 7
On behalf of all our partners, the Regina Police Service would like to thank motorists and residents for their patience and co-operation in keeping our community safe.