#DriveSober Saskatchewan: SGI and police focus on impaired driving in May
May 2, 2016
Impaired driving is the traffic safety spotlight for the month of May.
Throughout the month, police across the province will be watching for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“It’s critical to always plan a safe ride home,” said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice-President of the Auto Fund. “Before you go out, make a plan for how you will get home. There are people who count on you to be there in their lives, and other road users also want to make it home safe to their loved ones.”
Impaired driving remains the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. In 2014, there were 1,147 crashes involving alcohol or drugs. Sixty-one people were killed and 541 others were injured.
SGI recommends people follow these tips to help keep our roads free of impaired drivers:
- Choose a designated driver before you go out.
- Take a cab, take the bus, use a designated driving service, call a friend or family member to pick you up, or stay the night.
- Use SGI’s free Safe Ride app to keep track of your safe ride options.
- Don’t get into a vehicle with someone you know has been drinking or using drugs.
- Remember that some prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact driving ability. Review side effects with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Report impaired drivers by calling 911.
To help bring down the number of impaired driving collisions, Saskatchewan introduced tougher laws with harsher consequences in 2014. Saskatchewan now has some of the toughest impaired driving legislation in Canada, including longer licence suspensions, immediate roadside vehicle seizures, and mandatory ignition interlock for convicted impaired drivers.
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.