A day to remember road crash victims
Nov. 19, 2014
Today is National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, time set aside to honour those injured or killed in traffic collisions.
"Collisions are traumatic events, and the effects can be long lasting," said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. "Not only for the victims, but for the loved ones of those hurt or left behind."
In 2012, 183 people were killed and 7,311 injured in vehicle collisions on Saskatchewan roads. Last year, the numbers dropped to 139 and 7,031 respectively.
"While it's encouraging to see fewer fatalities and injuries, there are still too many people being hurt or killed on Saskatchewan roads," said Cartmell. "We're working to change that."
As one of the province's traffic safety leaders, it’s SGI's mandate to improve the safety of Saskatchewan roads. In June 2014, SGI introduced new traffic laws that carry more serious consequences associated with risky driving behaviour.
Some of the changes include tougher consequences for impaired and distracted driving. If impaired, drivers face longer licence suspensions, immediate roadside vehicle seizures ranging from three to 60 days, and mandatory ignition interlock in certain cases. If distracted, drivers face a seven day vehicle seizure on a second or subsequent offence for cellphone use while driving, and on a third or subsequent offence for driving without due care and attention.
Accompanying the new traffic laws was the introduction of SGI’s Road Safety Challenge, a campaign challenging Saskatchewan drivers to reduce deaths and injuries due to vehicle collisions by taking responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.
"It's days like today that put a face to the statistics. Taking time to remember the victims of collisions is a great reminder for us all to take care out there," said Cartmell.