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HEADLINES FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 17
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We take a look at the highlights from the last 15 years as The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is marks 15 years in 2014. It’s that time of the year when health officials stress the importance of protecting yourself from the Hanta Virus. Well into the middle of April and Environment Canada is offering its latest long term weather outlook for Southwest Saskatchewan.

Over 700 Tickets Issued in Provincial Traffic Blitz
Over 700 motorists were ticketed last month during March’s traffic safety spotlight focusing on seatbelt and car seat use in the province. Police were on the lookout for people not wearing a seatbelt, wearing one improperly or not having their children properly restrained in the vehicle. In total, law enforcement issued 705 seatbelt violations during the month, including:646 tickets for driver failing to wear a seatbelt; 43 tickets for passenger failing to wear a seatbelt; 16 tickets for driver/passenger under 16 failing to wear a seatbelt.

Changes on the Horizon for Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Laws
Starting June 27 a series of traffic laws in Saskatchewan will change with increased fines. Instead of the current 30 day licence suspension, new drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will face a 60 day licence suspension and will have their vehicle seized for 3 days. This is just for a first offence- penalties increase based on the number of offences. Experienced drivers will also face longer licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. In addition, convicted impaired drivers will face mandatory user-pay installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for a minimum nine months on a first offence and up to five years for subsequent offences. Other changes include: Drivers caught using their cellphone while driving for the second time within one year will have their vehicle seized for up to seven days; drivers will face harsher penalties when they’re travelling at 35 km/hr or more over the speed limit (compared to the current 50 km/hr); photo radar will be piloted at three high-risk locations (Circle Drive in Saskatoon, Highway 1 and 9th Avenue intersection in Moose Jaw, and Ring Road in Regina) and in school zones.

Remember to Vote for the Midnight Roses
The Midnight Roses are in the Top 10 for the Saskatchewan region in CBC's Searchlight contest- The Hunt for Canada's Best New Artist. Help the Swift Current favorites win the competition by casting your vote on line.

Flurries...Thundershowers...Unsettled Weather Continues
Snow changing to Rain Today, Southeast Wind at 30-50km/hr with a High of +6. Occasional Snow for Tonight with a Low of +3. Rain is in the forecast for Good Friday with a High of +6. Partly Sunny on Saturday with a chance of Flurries and a High of +8. Looking ahead to Easter Sunday, a High of 16 and warming up to 17 in the Sunshine by Easter Monday. Cloudy with Showers for Tuesday and a High of 15.

New Swift Current Schools Construction on Schedule
In September two new schools will open in the City's North end. According to the Chinook School Division, the project is on time and budget. Work crews are busy finishing up a variety of areas of both Ecole Centennial and All Saints Catholic School inside and out. The two new pre-k through grade 8 schools came to fruition through a partnership between the Chinook and Holy Trinity School Divisions.