October 21, 2014
760 people caught speeding in school zones
Police issued 760 tickets to drivers speeding in school zones during September’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight focusing on school zone safety.
Law enforcement also issued the following tickets during the month:
- 1,226 tickets for exceeding the speed limit
- 425 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use
- 164 tickets for failing to stop at a red light/sign
- 160 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 71 impaired driving-related offences
Speeding in a school zone results in a fine of at least $190 under The Traffic Safety Act and three demerit points under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition program.
SGI reminds motorists to slow down and stay alert in school zones. The safety of children depends on it.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) results:
September’s two-day STEP event took place in Melfort on Sept. 17 and 18. Police officers from around the province assembled to enforce all traffic safety violations, with a particular focus on seatbelts, cellphones, aggressive driving and impaired driving. They issued a total of 156 tickets, including:
- 77 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use
- 27 tickets for aggressive driving/speeding
- 13 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 3 tickets for speeding in a school zone
- 36 other tickets
To help ensure the proper use of child restraints and raise awareness about the importance of child passenger safety, SGI car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event. They checked 84 child restraints during the check stops and gave away nine car/booster seats.
Media looking for local results for September’s traffic safety spotlight are encouraged to contact their community’s law enforcement agency.