Police focus on aggressive drivers, work zone speeding in October
October 2, 2014
A warning to aggressive drivers - you may find yourself on the wrong end of a traffic ticket in October.
“Aggressive driving is quite common for us to see,” said Sgt. Colin Glas with the Regina Police Service. “In one recent incident, we pulled over a driver going 149 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.”
That traffic stop ended with a Criminal Code charge of dangerous driving, but it could have been so much worse.
“We see it far too often, where people have no concern for other road users, they’re tailgating, passing vehicles on the right, zipping in between different lanes of travel,” said Sgt. Glas. “In all reality, they’re not getting to their destination faster, all they’re doing is creating more road hazards for other drivers. People need to drive with common courtesy, and remember that the slower the speed, the more time you have to react to a threat.”
That’s why aggressive driving is the traffic safety spotlight for the month of October. Police across the province will be on the lookout for violations such as:
- driving too fast for road conditions
- running red lights
- not stopping at stop signs
- passing to the right on a highway
In 20131, aggressive driving contributed to more than 11,000 collisions in Saskatchewan, resulting in 63 deaths and 4,112 injuries.
With a number of work zones still active in the province, police will also be watching for drivers speeding through work zones. Work zone speed limits and rules vary by municipality. In highway work zones, drivers must slow to 60 km/h. Whether it's a highway or municipal work zone, drivers should slow down and follow the directions of work zone signs and flag persons at all times.
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.