After three impaired driving crashes in one week, MADD reiterates call for common sense

Three drivers face charges in connection with the crashes. One caused a fatality, and one injured a five-year-old child.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving Saskatoon president Bonny Stevenson was at a loss for words after learning of three impaired driving collisions in the span of four days.

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The crashes resulted in a woman’s death, a seriously injured child and injuries to multiple people in one vehicle.

“Every time I feel like we’re maybe taking that step forward, something like this happens,” Stevenson said on Monday.

MADD Saskatoon is in the midst of its crashed vehicle awareness campaign, which launched on June 1; it shows the devastating outcome that can result from impaired driving.

The MADD Crashed Car campaign begins on the corner of 51st Street and Warman Road in Saskatoon on June 1, 2022.
The MADD Crashed Car campaign begins on the corner of 51st Street and Warman Road in Saskatoon on June 1, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“It is just honestly so simple. You just don’t get behind the wheel,” Stevenson said. “There’s so many options in Saskatoon as to how you get a safe ride home. There’s just no excuse for it.”

Three drivers were charged in the last four days after three separate impaired driving collisions in the city.

On Sunday, a 32-year-old woman was charged with drunk driving causing bodily harm after a collision that injured five people in another vehicle, police said in a media release.

Police said a 31-year-old man was charged on Saturday with drunk driving causing bodily harm after a truck struck a five-year-old boy, leaving him with serious injuries. The child is expected to recover.

Last Wednesday, a 61-year-old woman was killed and a 62-year-old man was injured when their vehicle was hit on the passenger side by a Mercedes. A 42-year-old man is charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to comply with a demand for a breath sample, bodily fluid sample or coordination test when involved in a collision causing death.

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Police released the man on an undertaking and is expected to make his first appearance in provincial court on July 11.

In an email, a police spokesperson said additional check stops have not been planned. The most recent check stop was held on Friday.

Stevenson said MADD Saskatoon has attended check stops and consistently sees far too many suspensions and far too many people found to have used cannabis.

“We’re working so hard at getting the message out — crashed car campaign, SGI is in your face with impaired driving every day, we are working extra check stops between Saskatoon police and Corman Park (police). We’ve got everybody on board, yet people are still refusing to make that right choice.”

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