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Weyburn police receive calls about motorists in school zones

The Weyburn Police Service responded to 70 calls for service during the week of March 13-19, resulting in a total of 15 charges
Weyburn police chief Jamie Blunden was a good sport, as he wore an Estevan Bruins jersey while working in his office on Tuesday, paying a bet with Estevan's police chief for the Highway 39 Cup.

WEYBURN – The Weyburn Police Service responded to 70 calls for service during the week of March 13-19, resulting in a total of 15 charges. Of the charges, 10 were laid under the Traffic Safety Act (TSA) and five under the Criminal Code of Canada. Three of the criminal charges resulted from individuals who failed to comply with a condition of their release, and the other two criminal charges resulted from an incident of impaired driving.

The Weyburn Police continue to receive complaints regarding motorists that ignore and drive through the stop signs held by a school patroller or bus arm. It is a busy time when school patrollers are out and buses are loading and unloading, and motorists who ignore the signal to stop make it very dangerous to the young students hurrying to get into the school or heading home. One incident this past week was a near miss as a passing vehicle nearly hit a student attempting to cross the street.

Residents may notice a student riding along with an officer in the next few weeks, as the Weyburn Comprehensive School Ride-Along program is underway again this year. Students who have an interest and are taking a related emergency services class at WCS will be experiencing some police duties firsthand as they tour the Weyburn Police Service facility and ride along with an officer for a short time. The experience has been positive for both students and officers.

On Thursday evening, members of the Weyburn Police Service and Saskatchewan Highway Patrol teamed up for a short traffic enforcement project. The project was small in scope but effective as three drivers were either charged for impaired driving or issued driving suspensions.

One driver was given a seven-day driving suspension and had their vehicle impounded for testing positive for cannabis. Another driver failed a roadside screening test and was subsequently charged with driving while impaired by alcohol. And a third driver was given a three-day driving suspension and had their vehicle impounded after testing positive for the presence of cannabis.

The Weyburn Police Service also responded to a variety of other calls including alarms, domestic disturbances, suspicious persons or vehicles, mental health concerns, requests to check on an individual’s wellbeing, harassing communications, and calls relating to animals, parking, or other bylaw concerns.

*Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).