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Sask gov't aims to reduce driving deaths and injuries

The government of Saskatchewan is launching a new traffic safety campaign for drivers just days after one of its own ministers was nabbed for texting behind the wheel.

This past Monday, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart received a $280 fine for checking a text while driving. He said he doesn't normally text and drive but he was anxiously awaiting a message; he also said he won't be doing it again.

“I think that is...a great reminder we all need to do better,” admitted fellow minister Donna Harpauer, the minister responsible for SGI.

Balgonie students demand safety improvements for Hwy 1

They’ve had to watch some of their classmates die behind the wheel. Now they want serious action from the Saskatchewan Government on the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Regina over to Balgonie.

The Greenall High School Community Council is leading a community initiative to make the road safer by asking the government to immediately install more traffic lights, reduce speed limits and increase enforcement.

Ticks emerging in Saskatchewan

Camping season is just around the corner and some pests are preparing.

"We're actually starting to hear of a few reports of ticks," said Phil Curry, entomologist with the Ministry of Health.

Curry said this is about normal for ticks to appear and even a little bit late because of the cool wet weather that has been sticking around.

"They become active at about four degrees, so we are starting to see some ticks in certain areas," he said.

Federal financial support announced for Regina Bypass

The federal government will be pitching in to the public-private partnership (P3) being used to build the new Regina Bypass.

On Monday, federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government will contribute up to $200 million to the build. The money is being provided through the P3 Canada Fund. The province will fund the remainder of the project's $1.2 billion cost through a partnership with a private company.

Motorcycle rollover west of Regina sends man to hospital

A single-vehicle rollover shut down part of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Regina Thursday afternoon.

STARS air ambulance was dispatched at 1:22 pm to a crash on Highway 1. RCMP report a motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in a crash approximately three kilometres west of the turn off to Grand Coulee.

Traffic backed up from the scene of the crash while the police set up a detour; the grid roads in the area were too soft to use for a detour. The eastbound lane of the highway was expected to be shut down for three to four hours.

Three more probable measles cases in Sask.

The Prairie North Health Region says there are 3 more probable cases of measles in northwest Saskatchewan.

Risk of exposure to the virus is at this point is confined to a number of locations in Lloydminster and St. Wahlburg between April 17 and April 23. Measles symptoms include a runny nose, coughing, and a high fever followed by a rash, often starting on the face before spreading.

Federal funds to upgrade railway crossings in Sask.

Saskatchewan will be getting upgrades to some federally-regulated railway crossings as part of an effort to improve safety.

On Monday, the federal government announced $9.2 million in funding being made available as part of a cost-sharing agreement with railways and governments that have authority over local roads. Of that, Saskatchewan will see $655,650 that will be used for upgrades on federally-regulated crossings.

PHOTOS: Part of Highway 55 washed away near Snowden

It's the season of pot holes but one north west of Prince Albert could swallow your car whole.

A section of Highway 55, just west of the Mont Nebo turn-off, has been shut down due to the extremely bad road condition.

Joel Cherry, spokesperson for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, says the road had to be shut down because a culvert washed out.

CAA campaign names top 10 worst roads in SK in 2014

CAA Saskatchewan has released its latest list of shame naming the top ten worst roads in Saskatchewan as voted online.

Highway 24 near the village of Leoville took top spot in the 2014 campaign, which aims to highlight troublesome and sometimes dangerous road conditions in the province. There were 4,651 votes cast, far exceeding the 2,800 and 2,900 cast in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The 2014 top ten are:

Northern SK judge throws out 5 photo radar cases

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a northern Saskatchewan judge has found some photo radar images not worth charges against some drivers, throwing out five cases.

Judge Martinez dismissed the cases last week, each centering around a photo taken by the same radar at a spot on Highway 55 near the town of Peerless, all in the same day. In each case the driver was charged with "driving faster than 60 kilometers per hour when passing highway workers or occupied highway equipment within a work zone," and in each case Judge Martinez found the driver not guilty.

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