Police issued more than 3,100 traffic safety tickets in June
July 29, 2015
June’s traffic safety spotlight focused on new drivers and new motorcycle riders, ensuring they’re following the restrictions on their licence, and that other drivers are sharing the road safely.
New drivers and riders must complete three stages of the Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) or the Motorcycle Graduated Driver’s Licensing (MGDL) programs respectively before receiving a full licence. Each stage has different restrictions so they gradually move into higher-risk driving situations after gaining experience in lower-risk situations.
Law enforcement issued a total of 3,1761 tickets in June, including 2,015 for speeding/aggressive driving, 41 tickets for new drivers not following the restrictions of their applicable GDL program and 1,120 for the following offences:
- 55 charges related to impaired driving
- 89 tickets for distracted driving (74 of those for cellphone use)
- 212 tickets for no/improper seatbelt/child seat
- 235 tickets for failing to stop for red light/stop sign
- 529 other traffic offences
Media looking for local results for June’s traffic safety spotlight are encouraged to contact their community’s law enforcement agency.
Police from all over the province joined forces in Yorkton on June 17 and 18 for a two-day Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event. All traffic safety violations were enforced with a special focus on impaired driving, distracted driving (cellphones), speeding/aggressive driving and seat belts/child seats. Law enforcement issued 152 tickets during the two-day blitz, including:
- 23 tickets for speeding/aggressive driving
- 10 tickets for cellphone use while driving
- 11 tickets for failing to stop for red light/stop sign
- 38 tickets related to light vehicle safety and nine inspection tickets
- 55 tickets related to commercial vehicles
- 15 other traffic offences
SGI-certified car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event to help ensure and promote child passenger safety. They checked 89 child seats and seatbelts during the check stops and gave away four car seats and 12 booster seats.
Results from July’s spotlight on work zones will be available later in August.
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.