We are well into the Christmas swing of things and that means lots of people heading out on the roads.
Spokesman Tyler McMurchy with Saskatchewan Government Insurance says SGI is focusing on impaired drivers this month so, he has a suggestion if you plan to consume any impairing substances. He says plan a safe ride, and you need to do that before you go out because you won't always be making good choices at the end of the night. McMurchy also recommends you make sure your vehicle is ready for the road as well. Get a set of winter tires, make sure you wipe loose snow off the hood of your vehicle so it doesn't blow onto the window and obstruct your view, make sure all the windows are clear and that your lights and tail lights are visible. Also, make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure.
It's a time of year when there is lots of shopping and gathering with friends and family and big meals, and although it may not seem like a seasonal message, the Saskatoon Police Service is reminding everyone to think about theft prevention and safety. For instance, Police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser says all that shopping in the back of your vehicle presents a crime of opportunity for a potential thief. Instead, she suggests stowing your purchases in your trunk. As well, she advises not to disclose personal details online or over the phone and avoid leaving your wallets or purses unattended to protect your identity. Being a good neighbour can bring about the holiday spirit, and it can also help to prevent crime. Fraser suggests watching out for each other's properties and if you are going away, get someone to pick up your mail, shovel your walk and even turn different lights on every once in awhile so your home looks lived in. All of this will help reduce those chances of a crime of opportunity.