Operation Overdrive stops 50 impaired drivers
May 23, 2012
This month's traffic safety blitz, held over the May long weekend, saw 50 motorists in the province charged with impaired driving, 27 temporary driver's licence suspensions and 28 tickets for having liquor in a vehicle.
The blitz was held in conjunction with Canada Road Safety Week and was timely, as instances of impaired driving tend to increase on long weekends.
Throughout the weekend, more than 1,300 tickets were issued to Saskatchewan motorists, including more than 700 for aggressive driving (which includes speeding, failing to stop or yield, crossing a solid line, etc.), more than 120 for improper or non-seatbelt use and almost 60 for distracted driving or cellphone use while driving.
Through the 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 our 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 Hang Up, Buckle Up, resulted in more than 500 tickets for Saskatchewan motorists.
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.
Any media looking for local results for Operation Overdrive are encouraged to contact their community’s law enforcement agency.
Manager of Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance