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Update: Charges laid in fiery crash on Highway 7

Charges were laid after a fiery crash Thursday blocking both lanes of traffic on Highway 7 between Rosetown and Harris for a few hours.

At around 4:30 p.m., Rosetown RCMP, fire departments and ambulance services responded to a multiple-vehicle collision three miles west of Harris, Sask. Police say three vehicles were involved including were a semi, SUV, and a truck.

New locations added to Sask. photo-radar pilot project

Saskatchewan's photo-radar pilot project is already expanding even though the project hasn’t even actually begun yet.

On Monday, the government announced two new locations for photo radar in the province. Cameras will be set up on Highway 1 between Pilot Butte and White City, and Highway 12 at Martensville.

Regina hotel boom helps attract major events

Everywhere you drive in Regina these days it seems like another new hotel is being constructed.

Now we’re learning that might not even be an exaggeration.

Regina Hotel Association CEO Tracy Fahlman explained in the last 10 years the city has added roughly 1,000 more hotel rooms. In the next two years alone she said more than 800 rooms will be built. That includes about 360 in 2014 as the city welcomes three new hotels along with a big expansion to an existing hotel in the east end.

By 2016 another 450 rooms are expected.

Old buses attracting tourists to Saskatoon

While some may question the City of Saskatoon’s move to purchase 20-year-old buses, there’s a rare breed of tourists salivating over the city’s acquisition.

“Unlike most tourists I don’t go to a place to go check out the sights; I’m a think-outside-the-box kind of guy," Elton McFall, 38, from Montreal said. "I’m just amused to be in a place and watch the kind of traffic. I came to Saskatoon to check all that out and I was aware that because of the dry climate, vehicles don’t rust so there are a lot of old buses.”

Regina drivers frustrated with rush-hour trains

Drivers who commute along Ring Road in north Regina are getting frustrated waiting for trains during rush hour.

Trent Oppeboen was among the long line of drivers stuck in a traffic jam for 15 minutes between Albert Street and Park Street Friday morning.

“Then when I got to Park Street, there was another train but (it) was just pulling ahead and backing up again,” he said. Oppeboen said the issue happens all too often during rush hour.

“Oh I’d have to say five to eight times a month,” he said.

Mayors praise new passing lanes for highway 7

A busy highway linking Saskatchewan and Alberta is the next to get passing lanes in the province.

The provincial and federal governments are sharing the cost of the project that will see four sets of passing lanes built on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown. The estimated cost is $7.6 million split evenly.

"We've really seen a need for this. We were actually going after twinning, that was our dream, but these passing lanes are a major advance to the safety on Highway 7," Rosetown Mayor Brian Gerow said.

Drunk drivers part of 40 per cent of Sask. fatal crashes

This summer has seen 22 deaths on Saskatchewan highways with six people killed over the September long weekend alone.

“Obviously the latest one, the Labour Day weekend was quite tragic for us," said Staff Sergeant Stephane Caron is the unit commander for traffic services for central and northern Saskatchewan. "This year was actually fairly high compared to previous years."

Regina considers raising transit rates

Regina transit riders could be paying a bit more to ride the city's buses soon as City Council looks at raising fares.
 
On Himpe, Don and Sam Maciag Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Fougere explained a committee with council is recommending fares rise by 25 cents.
 
"Costs go up and costs have to be paid for, either by the user or the general tax base, and the strategy is to have that increase this year."
 
Currently the cash fare for an adult on Regina's buses is $2.50.
 

SGI says they’re reviewing distracted driving law

A Saskatoon businessman’s complaint over the new SGI distracted driving laws has prompted a review from the provincial government.

“We've been inundated with emails and phone calls from Canada Post and other businesses that could be affected by this and people are very concerned this could happen to them,” Kevin Boychuk said.

6 new Sask. highway cameras launched

Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.

Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.

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