Saskatchewan law enforcement issued 113 tickets in work zones in July
Aug. 25, 2016
July’s traffic safety spotlight focused on work zones and aggressive driving. Law enforcement issued 113 tickets in work zones and 5,338 other speeding/aggressive driving-related tickets last month throughout Saskatchewan1:
Tickets in work zones:
- 101 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h while passing highway workers or occupied highway equipment within a work zone
- 6 tickets for speeding in construction zones where flag person is present
- 2 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing occupied highway equipment
- 1 ticket for exceeding 60 km/h while passing highway equipment with warning lights in operation
- 3 tickets for failing to obey the direction of a flag person or peace officer
Other tickets related to speeding/aggressive driving:
- 414 tickets for exceeding posted speed limit by 35 km/h
- 60 tickets for exceeding posted speed limit by 50 km/h
- 6 tickets for driving at least twice the posted speed limit
- 261 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks with lights activated
- 4,597other speed-related offences
There were also 338 impaired driving-related offences, 318 tickets for distracted driving (185 of those for cellphone use) and 447 tickets for not using a seatbelt or the appropriate car seat or booster seat.
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviours increase risks in work zones as workers are present, there are additional road hazards and traffic can slow or stop suddenly. Drivers are reminded to slow down, increase following distance and decrease distractions.
SGI and law enforcement continue to focus on sharing the road with commercial drivers for the month of August. Follow SGI on Facebook and Twitter for tips on how to #TakeCareOutThere with other road users.
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.