Police catch 381 impaired drivers in December
Jan. 20, 2015
Nearly 400 impaired motorists were caught during December’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight focusing on impaired driving.
In total, there were 381 offences related to alcohol or drug use while driving, including:
- 38 zero Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) (zero to .08) offence (new drivers)
- 79 low BAC (.04 to .08) offences (experienced drivers)
- 264 high BAC (over .08) Criminal Code charges
SGI reminds motorists there is zero drug and alcohol tolerance for drivers under 19 years of age, and for all drivers in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program and Motorcycle GDL program.
During the month, police also issued 1,847 tickets for speeding, 135 tickets for cellphone use while driving, and 171 tickets to people not using a seatbelt, car seat or booster seat.
SGI encourages motorists to always plan a safe ride home. Choose a designated driver in advance, call a cab, call a friend or family member to pick you up, use a designated driving service, or take the bus. SGI has a free SafeRide app to help you keep track of your options.
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.