The Swift Current City RCMP's calls of service came out, and included in that was a car travelling the wrong way on the Trans-Canada.

But unlike some instances seen on Saskatchewan highways recently, this one didn't result in a collision.

The detachment received five complaints around 8 p.m. on Sunday of a small car travelling eastbound in the westbound lane on Highway 1.

Police made patrols of the area but didn't locate the vehicle. There weren't any other calls related to the incident.

That's a far better outcome than in October when the Swift Current Rural RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle going the wrong way on the Trans-Canada west of town, and while on route, receiving another of a two-vehicle collision near Tompkins. Three people were killed in that incident, with the sole survivor being a baby.

There was also a fatal crash in December where police responded to calls of a vehicle going the wrong way on the Trans-Canada, and on their way heard of a collision near Parkbeg. Each vehicle had a sole occupant that was killed.

Swift Current City RCMP Corporal Perry Pelletier said it's not uncommon to hear of vehicle on the wrong side of the four-lane highway.

"Surprisingly we do get quite a few complaints of this nature of vehicles going the wrong way on the four lane. However, most of the time it's a single complaint, and by the time officers respond to look for the vehicle, the vehicle's either turned off or has corrected itself and has got into the right lane of travel."

Pelletier said it's unclear why there are so many occurances, as it could be due to old age, cognitive ability, impairment, or an honest mistake. He said since so many vehicles do correct themselves before police find them, it's tough for police to find out why they were on the wrong side initially.

But Pelletier said it's certainly concerning when they get calls about a car going in the opposite direction of traffic.

"If members are in the area they will attend immediately to try to locate the vehicle. Most of the time we don't shut the highway down unless we start getting multiple complaints of the nature of the same vehicle. Then a concerted effort could be made to stop traffic in the opposing lane, if members are in such a position to do so."

The detachment also sends a 'be-on-the-lookout-for' to nearby detachments.

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