New traffic laws removing risky drivers from Saskatchewan roads
651 sanctions issued for unsafe driving behaviour
July 17, 2014
Saskatchewan's new traffic laws have only been in place for just over two weeks, but already 271 motorists have received licence suspensions and 380 have had their vehicles seized.
Traffic law changes took effect in Saskatchewan on June 27, 2014. During the period from June 27-July 15, 2014, drivers received the following penalties:
- 271 roadside suspensions for impaired driving
- 189 impaired driving vehicle seizures
- 131 unauthorized driver vehicle seizures
- 60 high risk driving vehicle seizures
"It's disappointing to see so many vehicle seizures and suspensions in such a short time period, but it's also encouraging to know police have the new laws at their disposal to mitigate the high number of collision-related deaths and injuries in Saskatchewan," said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. "The combination of these serious consequences and increased dedicated traffic enforcement throughout the province will ultimately lead to increased safety on our roads and highways."
The new laws include tougher penalites for impaired driving, distracted driving and excessive speed, which are the top three contributing factors to fatal crashes in the province. Parents and caregivers are also reminded that booster seats are now mandatory for children under the age of seven.
In 2013, preliminary data shows that 134 people were killed and 6,804 were injured in vehicle collisions on Saskatchewan roads and highways.
See the backgrounder (pdf, 40 kb) for a breakdown of results from the period of June 27-July 15, 2014, including a comparison to the same period of time in 2013 where applicable.
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.