SGI recently released their statistics from last month's target on distracted driving.
"As part of the Traffic Safety Spotlight for the month of October," shared Tyler McMurchy, a spokesperson with SGI, "Saskatchewan Police reported 486 tickets were issued across Saskatchewan related to distracted driving. Including 391 of those were for using a cellphone behind the wheel."
McMurchy added that anything that takes your attention away from driving, including cellphones, constitutes distracted driving.
"So that includes using cellphones behind the wheel but also things like grooming, reading, adjusting your radio, or dealing with unruly passengers."
"It is illegal for drivers in Saskatchewan to use, hold, manipulate, or view a cellphone while driving. And the consequence for breaking the cellphone law, or the other distracted driving law which is driving without due care and attention, is a $280 fine and four demerit points."
"I think it's important for people to know that drivers caught using their cellphone for the second time within one year, they will have their vehicle seized for seven days and they will be responsible for all the towing and impound costs that result."
He added that distracted driving is the number one factor in auto collisions in Saskatchewan.
"It's the number one factor in collisions that cause injury and it's the number two cause of traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan. It's a very significant concern and we've seen those numbers rise over the past couple of years."
Last year, distracted driving was a factor in nearly 8,300 collisions, contributing to the deaths of 42 people and more than 1,200 injuries.
"It's so important for people to remember that when they are operating a motor vehicle, it deserves their full and undivided attention. They need to put the cellphone away and don't do anything else."