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The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is partnering with Mothers against Drunk Driving to launch a new pilot project involving ATMs. (CBC)

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are partnering up for a new pilot project in Regina liquor stores that involves automated teller machines.

The South Albert and North Albert stores will both get ATMs with the fees collected from the machines going to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

"I understand some people see a bit of an irony," said Steve Raine with MADD.  "But mothers against drunk driving is not against alcohol consumption, what they're against is as soon as alcohol is consumed that nobody drives."

The fee to use the ATM will be 99 cents, which the organization said is the lowest transaction fee in the country.

"Drinking and driving is senseless and often makes innocent bystanders into sudden victims,"  Donna Harpauer, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, said in a press release.

"As a responsible retailer, SLGA shares MADD's goal of stopping impaired driving and is very pleased to support this new initiative."

The project will be analysed over the next few months, and if it is successful it may be expanded, the province said.