431 people ticketed for failing to buckle up
July 16, 2014
Hundreds of motorists received tickets last month during June's province-wide traffic safety spotlight focusing on occupant restraints.
Police were on the lookout for people not wearing a seatbelt, wearing one improperly or not having their children properly restrained in the vehicle. In total, law enforcement issued 431 seatbelt violations during the month, including:
- 379 tickets for driver (16 and over) failing to wear a seatbelt
- 32 tickets for passenger (16 and over) failing to wear a seatbelt
- 20 tickets for driver/passenger (under 16) failing to wear a seatbelt
Police also issued 1,685 tickets for aggressive driving (which includes speeding), 236 tickets for distracted driving (184 of those for cellphone use) and 110 tickets for impaired driving.
SGI reminds motorists that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of being seriously injured or killed in a crash by 50%. Buckle up each and every time you get into a vehicle, and ensure babies and toddlers are restrained in the appropriate car seat and children under age seven are using a booster seat – it’s the law.
On June 4 and 5, police officers from all over the province assembled in Swift Current for a two-day Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event. Police enforced all traffic safety violations, with a particular focus on seatbelts, cellphones, aggressive driving and impaired driving. In total, enforcement issued 228 tickets over the two-day period, including:
- 60 tickets for aggressive driving
- 56 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use
- 26 tickets for failing to stop at red light/stop sign
- 16 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 70 other tickets
SGI car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event in June, to help ensure and promote child passenger safety. They checked 90 car and booster seats during the check stops and gave away 10 car seats in a “positive enforcement” effort to encourage proper use of child restraints.
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.