14 people ticketed for vulnerable road user offences in April
May 19, 2016
Police issued 14 tickets related to vulnerable road user safety during April’s traffic safety focus on pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. There were:
- 8 tickets for drivers failing to yield or stop for pedestrians, or changing lanes when unsafe
- 5 tickets for pedestrians disobeying crosswalk signals or walking into the path of a vehicle
- 1 ticket for a motorcyclist failing to wear a helmet
In addition, there were 5,427 speeding/aggressive driving offences, 301 impaired driving-related offences, 286 distracted driving offences (108 of those for cellphone use) and 414 seatbelt/car seat/booster seat violations1.
SGI reminds motorists to watch for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists and share the road. Vulnerable road users are reminded to stay alert and walk, bike, and ride with caution. Find more information on vulnerable road users, including tips for sharing the road and guidelines around required gear for new motorcyclists.
#DriveSober Saskatchewan – police remain focused on impaired driving throughout May. View SGI’s new impaired driving prevention commercial on SGI's YouTube channel.
Long weekend road safety tips
May 17-23 is Canada Road Safety Week, just in time for the long weekend. SGI recommends these tips to help stay safe on the road this weekend:
- Always plan a safe ride home. Don't drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Avoid distractions in the vehicle while driving. Put your cellphone down and keep your eyes focused on the road.
- Travel at a speed appropriate for the current road conditions.
- Ensure everyone is wearing a seatbelt and children are properly secured in the appropriate child restraint.
- Allow enough travel time on longer trips and take frequent breaks to avoiding driving while fatigued.
Follow SGI on Facebook and Twitter for safety tips to #TakeCareOutThere.
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.