(SASKATOON, SK)  The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) says that current efforts to stop impaired driving aren’t working, and that better education and transportation are part of what is needed to address impaired driving in the province.

“Our prayers go out to the many family and friends of the victims of drinking and driving,” says FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “Our First Nation communities know all too well the devastating impact of drinking and driving, and our current efforts to curb this behaviour appear to be failing. More education and transportation options are needed to help all citizens make better decisions about drinking and driving.”

In a press release, FSIN stated that according to the latest available data, Saskatchewan holds the dubious distinction of having the greatest number of drinking and driving incidents among the provinces. In 2014, the provincial government strengthened impaired driving penalties, but evidence suggests Saskatchewan is still missing the mark to affect change.

“This is a significant stain on the province, and the death and disability that incur have far reaching impacts on individuals, families, communities and government budgets,” says Chief Cameron.

The FSIN encourages an opportunity to collaborate on a new multi-pronged approach that includes more education and addresses geographical challenges. “Education is a foundational pillar for the FSIN and it is key to changing behaviours,” says Chief Cameron. “Easily accessible and affordable transportation options are also important, especially in rural Saskatchewan, where many First Nations people live and where there are no options for public transportation,” says Chief Cameron.



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