SGI has found a creative way to remind drivers not to drive impaired this holiday season for their traffic Safety Spotlight for the month of December. They've put their message to music.
"In the spirit of the season," shared SGI, "Santa’s little helpers at SGI have re-imagined some classic Christmas songs, to drive home the importance of planning a safe ride ahead of time if your holiday get-togethers involve alcohol or drugs. Don’t wreck your festivities – or anyone else’s – by getting an impaired driving charge or causing a collision."
However fun it may be to sing along, there are some pretty serious consequences to driving impaired.
- Last holiday season (Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018), three people were killed and 18 people were injured as a result of impaired driving-related collisions in Saskatchewan.
In total, alcohol was a factor in 39 deaths (39% of all traffic fatalities) in Saskatchewan in 2017.
- Last year in Saskatchewan, there were 770 collisions involving alcohol or drugs, killing 39 people and injuring 368 others.
- There is zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving, and penalties for alcohol-impaired driving start at .04 BAC for experienced drivers. (Zero tolerance for drivers in the Graduated Drivers Licensing program and those 21 and under.)
- An experienced driver caught with a BAC between .04 to .08 on a first offence faces a three-day licence suspension, a three-day vehicle seizure and has to complete a DWI course. Drug-impaired drivers who fail a standardized field sobriety test face the same consequences.
- A new driver caught driving with any amount of alcohol or impairing drugs in their system on a first offence has their licence suspended for 60 days and their vehicle seized for 3 days. They also have to complete a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) course.
- Drivers with a BAC over .08 or who fail a Drug Recognition Evaluation face Criminal Code charges, regardless if they are a new or experienced driver.
- Consequences for first-time high BAC offenders include indefinite roadside suspensions, a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure, and mandatory ignition interlock for a minimum of one year if convicted.