Government taking immediate action on traffic safety initiatives
Nov. 7, 2013
Following the release of the report from the Special Committee on Traffic Safety, the government announced today that it is moving forward immediately on more than half of the recommendations made.
The action plan includes tougher penalties for drinking and driving, expanded photo radar for speed control, and increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Highlights include:
- Implementing zero drug and alcohol tolerance for all drivers under 19 years of age, and for all drivers in the Graduated Driver's Licencing (GDL) program and Motorcycle GDL program
- Immediate 60-day roadside licence suspension and 3-day vehicle impoundment with any Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) under .08 for drivers under 19 years of age, and all drivers in any GDL program
- Immediate licence suspension up to court disposition and a 30-day roadside vehicle impoundment for a first offence for all drivers with a BAC of .08 to .15, or those who refuse a test
- Introducing mandatory ignition interlock for high BAC offenders
- Implementing a two-year photo radar pilot project at high-risk locations and in school zones
- Increasing financial penalties for drivers caught going more than 35 km/h over the speed limit
- Making booster seats mandatory for children under the age of 7, and less than 145 cm (4’9”) in height and 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight
“Last year in the province, 184 people were killed on our roads and highways. This traffic safety action plan aims to address this issue, as well as other traffic safety concerns, with the goal of reducing deaths and injuries on Saskatchewan roads,” said Donna Harpauer, Minister Responsible for SGI. “We are hopeful these initiatives will have an immediate impact on driving behaviour, so we can all benefit from improved traffic safety in the province.”
Corresponding legislative amendments for these changes will be introduced in the Fall session.
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.