The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Outreach Team provides education about impaired riding. Riding while drinking or using drugs effects reaction time, judgment, coordination and vision. Studies of snowmobile deaths indicate that three out of four snowmobilers had been drinking. Riders are reminded that operating a snowmobile while impaired carries the same penalties as driving a vehicle while impaired.
Provincial Laws for impaired driving are changing effective Jan 1, 2017
Zero tolerance for alcohol or drugs will be allowed for drivers under the age of 21
A 3-day vehicle seizure for experienced drivers with .04 - .08 BAC on a 1st offence
- Ignition interlock will be required for longer terms.
The Sask North ABI Outreach Team stresses the importance of wearing helmets. The brain operates the human body, but is fragile and does not typically heal if it is damaged. Helmets decrease brain injuries by 80 per cent if; they fit properly, worn properly with the chin strap done up and if they are not expired (more than 5 years old or been in a crash).
Injuries are predictable and preventable but unfortunately injuries are the leading cause of fatalities for Canadians ages 1-44. For more information about injury prevention initiatives from the provincial ABI Outreach Team please visit our social media page @SaskSmart on Twitter or Facebook or visit www.abipartnership.sk.ca