SGI has released their numbers from their latest Traffic Safety Spotlight on impaired driving. And it looks like people are starting to get the message.
"We certainly hope that is the case," explained Tyler McMurchy, Media Manager at SGI. "We know that drivers were a bit better behaved throughput December when it comes to impaired driving than they have been in years past."
Police in Saskatchewan reported 238 impaired driving related offences in December.
"Of course that is a number higher than we'd like to see, we'd like to see that number at zero. But we do have to acknowledge the fact that it is lower than previous years."
In 2016, there were 353 impaired driving related offences, 2015 it was 308 and in 2014, there were 381 impaired driving related offences.
"We have come some ways and we hope to continue this downward trend."
SGI is continuing their focus on impaired driving for January as well.
"While Santa might not be paying as close attention, we know that police officers certainly will be. We want people to continue to drive safe, plan a safe ride home, drive sober and realize that with added enforcement, impaired driving is just not worth the risk."
"We sure hope that people are starting to get the message when it comes to impaired driving because it is the number one killer of people on Saskatchewan roads. We think attitudes are starting to change and more and more people are getting the message taking it to heart that it is never okay to drive impaired. The minority of people who do still make that poor decision are more likely to get caught because police are very, very focused on impaired driving. Not just in December, not just in January when it's the focus of our Traffic Safety Spotlight, but throughput the entire year."