During the month of August, SGI and local law enforcement focused on impaired driving. Police across the province reported 390 impaired driving offences including 334 Criminal Code charges.
"That is quite high," explained Tyler, McMurchy, Manager of Media Relations for SGI. "It is among the highest that we have seen when it comes to impaired driving offences during these Traffic Safety Spotlights."
"So what that tell us is that police across Saskatchewan have amped up enforcement efforts to catch impaired drivers. So anyone who is still choosing to drive impaired is more likely to be caught."
However, it isn't all bad news.
"We do believe that the messaging, the new legislation, and the enforcement that is happening out there is going to have an effect on impaired driving activity. There is some indication that's happening already and we're very hopeful that this is something that will continue because impaired driving is a very significant traffic safety concern."
"It is the number one cause of traffic fatalities in the province."
Police also reported:
- 4,243 tickets for speeding or aggressive driving
- 360 tickets for inappropriate or no seatbelt/child restraint
- 459 tickets for distracted driving (including 342 for cellphone use)
The Traffic Safety Spotlight for October will be on distracted driving.