Last year, 39 percent of traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan involved alcohol or drug use. That's why SGI and law enforcement remain focused on the issue of impaired driving.

"For January, once again, the traffic safety spotlight is impaired driving and one of the things we want people to keep in mind is it's not just about New Year's Eve, although we want people if they're heading out this New Year's Eve to make sure that they plan a safe ride and if they're driving they should only drive sober, but it's not something that's just about New Year's Eve or even just for the month of January it's something that we want people to keep in mind year round," said Tyler McMurchy, manager of media relations for SGI.

He reminds drivers about the new federal law allowing police to demand roadside breath samples without reason, which took effect December 19 and said roadside saliva testers to detect recent drug use will be in the hands of police in early 2019.

Read more about the new tools and training available to law enforcement HERE. 

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