Police eye aggressive drivers
April 19, 2013
Motorists who exhibit aggressive driving behaviours on Saskatchewan roads will be held accountable for their actions during Operation Spring Brake.
The traffic safety blitz will take place April 24 and 25 across the province. Law enforcement will be putting the brakes on violations such as speeding, driving too fast for road conditions, running red lights, not stopping at stop signs, stunting, racing or passing to the right on a highway.
“Speed is a killer, especially when combined with other dangerous driving behaviour like disobeying the rules of the road or stunting,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Driving too fast means it will take you longer to slow down or stop when you need to. Those extra few seconds could be the difference between a fender bender and a more serious crash.”
In 2012, aggressive driving contributed to more than 8,200 collisions in Saskatchewan, resulting in 88 deaths and nearly 4,200 injuries.1
“We typically see drivers participating in more risky driving behaviour, once road conditions improve,” said Chief Troy Hagen, President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police. “Whether the behaviour manifests as excessive speed, weaving in and out of traffic, or taking more chances when passing vehicles, we know we have to meet that risk-taking with diligent education and enforcement efforts.”
Operation Spring Brake will be held in conjunction with a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event occurring in Saskatoon, resulting in a concentrated effort in that area.
March's traffic blitz, Operation Hang Up Buckle Up, focused on cellphone and seatbelt violations and resulted in 282 tickets province-wide.
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.