Drinking and driving, among other problematic habits that commonly occur in motorists, still seems to be an issue in Saskatchewan.
Law enforcement in the province reported 221 impaired driving related offences during the month of January, during which time the Traffic Safety Spotlight was shone on the matter.
"153 of those are Criminal Code Charges, that's blood alcohol concentration exceeding 0.08 while driving, or refusing a breath test. Then the others are 68 roadside suspensions, and that would be experienced drivers with a blood alcohol content ranging from .04 to .08," explained Communications Consultant Jennifer Rathwell.
"Overall, it's a lower number than what got reported in December 2017 (238), but there's still lots of room for improvement."
Other statistics observed and recorded in Janurary include 500 distracted driving offences.
"416 of those were for cellphone use, so put the phones down," Rathwell expressed, adding that the remaining 84 could fall into other categories of distracted driving according to an officer's discretion. These could be applying make up, eating food, taking care of pets and more.
Law enforcement also reported 4,612 speeding and aggressive driving offences in that time.
"Another 312 offences were related to seatbelts or car seats, so please buckle up, as that is the traffic safety focus for Feburary."