Earlier this month, the new Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles hit the road with the former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement group taking on expanded responsibilities.
If you’re travelling around the province this summer, you should be aware that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers are now responding to situations where previously only the police would be involved. In addition to the enforcement of commercial vehicles, the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is supporting the provincial Protection and Response Team (PRT) by enforcing Criminal Code violations.
Last year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the creation of the PRT to help reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan. The team is comprised of police officers from the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers.
Commercial vehicle enforcement will remain the primary responsibility of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol. However, the officers will have additional responsibilities, including arrest and detention powers, to support their role on the PRT.
Other duties include:
· Responding to 911 calls;
· Investigating impaired drivers;
· Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
· Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
· Taking action when offences are committed.
Wherever your summer travels take you, stay safe and enjoy!