Police issue more than 2,000 traffic safety tickets in April
May 20, 2015
April’s traffic safety focus was vulnerable road users - the actions of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, and the actions of others that put them in danger - but it was speeding violations that garnered the majority of tickets for motorists.
Law enforcement issued a total of 2,1951 tickets during the month, including 1,720 for speeding/aggressive driving, 12 tickets related to vulnerable road users and the following offences:
- 41 charges related to impaired driving
- 66 tickets for cellphone use
- 173 tickets for no/improper seatbelt/child seat
- 183 tickets for failing to stop for red light/stop sign
On April 15 and 16, police officers from all over the province assembled in Prince Albert for a two-day Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event. Police enforced all traffic safety violations, with a particular focus on seatbelts/child seats, cellphones, speeding/aggressive driving and impaired driving. In total, enforcement issued 408 tickets during the two-day blitz, including:
- 176 tickets for speeding/aggressive driving
- 73 tickets for non-seatbelt use
- 11 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 1 impaired driving charge
- 134 tickets related to commercial vehicles
SGI-certified car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event to help ensure and promote child passenger safety. They checked 117 child seats and seatbelts during the check stops and gave away nine car seats and 11 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 nearly 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.