The Traffic Safety Unit is comprised of 10 Constables, 2 Corporals and 1 Sergeant, who work toward making Regina roadways safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through public education, community programs and traffic enforcement.
The Traffic Safety Unit works closely with other police agencies, Saskatchewan Government Insurance, the City of Regina Municipal Engineering Department and the citizens of Regina.
The unit has seven enforcement vehicles; five of the vehicles are unmarked, an advantage in detecting and apprehending aggressive and dangerous drivers. All vehicles are equipped with radar devices for speed enforcement, two are equipped with automated license plate readers, and multiple laser devices are available for members to use for speed enforcement. All vehicles are equipped with in car camera systems to record offences that are observed
The Traffic Safety Unit is also responsible for equipment and training to apprehend drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drug. This includes two Intoxilyzer Instruments for obtaining blood alcohol readings, several roadside alcohol screening devices, and one SoToxa device – a roadside drug screening test for THC.
Members within the Traffic Safety Unit receive collision investigation training above and beyond the basic level. This advance training comes in three different levels:
Collision Investigator Level II
Collision Analyst Level III
Collision Reconstructionist Level IV
Members from within this unit have training in the various levels and are called upon to investigate major collisions when they occur. Depending on the collision dynamics, severity of injury, and complexity of the scene, the appropriate level of collision investigator will attend.
On a number of occasions, Traffic Safety Unit members who hold a Level III or Level IV certification are called upon to provide lectures to both the Regina Public and Separate school systems.
Photo Radar Cameras/Red Light Cameras
In order to further reduce speeding on Regina roadways, there are five photo radar cameras in 30 km/h school zones, and six photo radar locations on Ring Road.
There are three intersections equipped for red light cameras. They are Albert Street and Saskatchewan Drive, Dewdney Avenue and Lewvan Street and Albert Street and Parliament Avenue. The camera is only activated when a car enters the intersection after the traffic light has turned red.
Traffic Focus of the Month
In addition to regular duties, the Traffic Safety Unit partners with SGI to target specific offences and problem areas through “Traffic Focus of the Month”.