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Have a safe Christmas season

MLA Warren Michelson's column for the week of Dec. 18, 2019
Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson

Travel is part of the Christmas season for many families. Even if we aren’t leaving town, many of us will be going out to more social gatherings this time of year. While each of us has a responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others, the Government of Saskatchewan takes very seriously the safety of everyone in our province.

Sometimes in the busyness and excitement of the season, it helps to be reminded of safety practices. If you’re planning to travel, checking the weather forecast and The Highway Hotline is a good start. The Highway Hotline, which can be found online at, provides up-to-date information on conditions and emergency road closures. Information is also available by calling 511.

Winter weather can be unpredictable and it is good to be prepared for the worst by keeping a shovel, warm clothing, blankets, a snow brush, an ice scraper, snacks and water in your car. Before venturing out, you should ensure that your vehicle and windows are free of snow and ice. Giving yourself more time to reach your destination is always a good plan in case you encounter poor conditions and need to slow down and allow more time to stop.

Never use your phone while driving as it is against the law and extremely dangerous. Please plan ahead so we can all make it home safely to our loved ones and ensure our memories of the season are happy ones, not sad memories of a needless tragedy.

SGI is encouraging all of us to Be a Good Wingman this holiday season. You can show your loved ones how much you care by making sure they get home safely – arrange for a sober ride, or offer them a place to stay for the night.

Wing in the New Year is available in Moose Jaw to help. SGI is pleased to partner with bus services in Moose Jaw once again; as in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert providing free transportation to party-goers on New Years Eve. The City of Moose Jaw Transit webpage has full details.

Another good tool for a safe ride home is the SGI free Safe Ride app. This app puts all Saskatchewan taxis, rideshare and transit services, and even your own designated drivers, in the palm of your hand.

May all your journeys during the 2019 Christmas season lead to pleasant memories. Be safe! Be careful, and enjoy your new year celebration.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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