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Saskatchewan Promising Safer Highway Intersections after Broncos Bus Crash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Promising Safer Highway Intersections after Broncos Bus Crash

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Saskatchewan promising safer intersections

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is promising to make highway intersections safer following the deadly bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

The government made the pledge Wednesday in the throne speech that opened a new session of the legislature. Plans for the fall sitting include bolstering commercial driver training and bringing in a strategy to reduce collisions at highway crossings.

Premier Scott Moe said the training predates the Broncos crash in April, but has been a focus ever since.

"We will be looking to move forward with a new course, a new training standards and parameters in the very near future," Moe said.

The Broncos were on their way to a junior hockey playoff game when their team bus and a tractor-trailer collided at a rural intersection. Sixteen people died and another 13 were injured.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The government says a preliminary review of more than 900 intersections has been done and $700,000 is to be spent to clear sight lines and improve safety.

"Saskatchewan has been working closely with other western provinces to improve commercial driver training and ensure consistent standards between provinces," the government said in the throne speech read by Lt.-Gov. Tom Molloy.

The province has increased the budget for safety initiatives such as turning lanes, lighting, guardrails and rumble strips and is committing to spend more in next year's budget.

Opposition NDP Leader Ryan Meili said the government has a poor record when it comes to driver training and highway safety.

"There were a number of recommendations ... on how to improve safety at intersections by using roundabouts and they chose not to follow those recommendations," Meili said.

Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, welcomed the increased focus on highway safety and hopes it will prevent another bus accident. …

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