Police ticket 319 distracted drivers and 3,700+ speeders in August
September 22, 2014
The province-wide traffic safety spotlight may have focused on distracted driving in August, but speeding remained an issue.
Police caught 3,719 drivers exceeding the speed limit during the month, down slightly from the 4,028 speeding violations they issued in July. Law enforcement also issued a total of 319 tickets for distracted driving during the month, including:
- 228 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 91 tickets for driving without due care and attention
In addition, there were 206 seatbelt violations and 93 tickets for impaired driving handed out during the month.
SGI reminds motorists that immediate roadside vehicle seizures are now in effect for distracted driving offences, on the second offence within one year for cellphone use while driving, and the third offence within one year for driving without due care and attention.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) results:
Police officers from all over the province assembled in Estevan on Aug. 27 and 28 for a STEP event. Police enforced all traffic safety violations, with a particular focus on seatbelts, cellphones, aggressive driving and impaired driving. A total of 145 tickets were issued over the two-day period, including:
- 37 tickets for aggressive driving/speeding
- 32 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use
- 21 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 55 tickets for failing to stop at red light/stop sign
SGI car seat technicians participated in the STEP event to ensure the proper use of child restraints and promote the importance of child passenger safety. They checked 92 child restraints during the check stops and gave away 12 car/booster seats.
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.