June traffic safety blitz sees more than 700 tickets issued to motorists
June 27, 2012
Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up, Gear Up, the second safety blitz to target the issues of non-seatbelt use and cellphone use while driving, took place June 20 and 21. Motorcycle safety was also highlighted.
Police reports indicate that over the two days, law enforcement officers issued more than 700 tickets, including more than 200 for improper or non-seatbelt use, nearly 90 for cellphone use while driving and six for motorcycle-related offences. The remainder were for infractions such as speeding, failing to stop at stop signs and other traffic safety offences.
Through these monthly traffic safety blitzes, SGI and law enforcement partners aim to raise awareness of various traffic safety issues in the province. The ultimate goal is not to issue a certain amount of tickets, but to make the roads safer for all Saskatchewan motorists.
Agencies involved included rural and larger municipal services and the RCMP, among others.
Last month's coordinated traffic safety blitz, Operation Overdrive, resulted in 1,300 tickets being issued, including 50 impaired driving charges, 700 for aggressive driving, more than 120 for improper or non-seatbelt use and nearly 60 for cellphone use while driving.
Media interested in local results are encouraged to contact their community's law enforcement agency.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.
Manager of Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance