Cities, towns and some villages have their own set of 'rules of the road,' known as bylaws. These rules are necessary as each urban centre has special driving situations. However, bylaws must complement The Traffic Safety Act, Saskatchewan's traffic laws.
To permit the police to function effectively, they have been given certain powers. You are required to comply with the requests or demands of the police when they are carrying out their duties.
Stopping when signalled by police
Police can signal you to stop using their red/blue lights, a special stop light, voice commands or hand signals. You must stop at the earliest safe opportunity.
Producing driver's licence and registration
The police may require you to submit your vehicle for a safety inspection. If they find that your vehicle is unsafe, they can order you to take it off the road and to not drive it until it has been repaired.
Seizure of vehicles
If a vehicle is parked in a place that presents a danger to others, or if a vehicle is being operated in violation of traffic laws, it may be seized and impounded by the police. The police can keep it in storage until the expenses of seizing it are paid, and until they are satisfied that the vehicle should be released. If you feel the police are holding your vehicle without justification, you may appeal to the Highway Traffic Board for its release.
The vehicle you are operating will be seized and impounded for 30 days if you are found driving while suspended or disqualified; your suspension period has ended but you are found driving without renewing your licence; or, you are driving without a valid licence and have been convicted of the same offence within the preceding five years. The second occurrence in a two-year period will result in a 60-day vehicle impoundment.
The second and any subsequent offences within a 12-month period for holding, viewing, using or manipulating electronic communications equipment while driving (e.g., illegal use of a cellphone, etc.) will result in a seven-day vehicle impoundment.
Rules of the road impoundments
There are a number of traffic offences that contribute to unsafe roads and impact the severity of collisions. Anyone stopped by law enforcement who is being charged for an offence listed below will have the vehicle they are driving impounded for the following impoundment terms:
The vehicle will be impounded even if you are not the owner. All towing and storage costs are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
An application can be made to have a vehicle released early from impoundment in certain limited circumstances.
New driver roadside administrative licence suspensions
New drivers (any driver age 21 years and under, GDL drivers, drivers operating a motorcycle in the MGDL program, drivers who haven't held a valid licence in the last five years, and restricted or provisional licence holders) caught with any amount of alcohol or drugs will be suspended at roadside and face other consequences such as vehicle impoundment.
The chart below outlines the suspensions and consequences for new driver roadside administrative licence suspensions:
New driver low BAC & drug offences summary
Experienced driver roadside administrative licence suspensions
Experienced drivers (any driver age 22 and over that is not in the GDL program and holds a Class 5 or higher licence) who register a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level exceeding .04 to 0.08 will lose their licence and face other consequences such as vehicle impoundment and mandatory ignition interlock.
If you hold an ignition interlock restricted licence, a special restricted licence or a provisional licence you will receive the same penalties as a new driver and should refer to the chart above.
The chart outlines the suspensions and consequences for experienced driver roadside administrative licence suspensions:
Experienced driver low BAC & drug offences summary
Indefinite high BAC roadside administrative licence suspensions
If any driver registers a BAC level exceeding .08 or refuses to provide a breath sample/fails to comply with a demand at roadside, they will lose their licence immediately and face other consequences such as vehicle impoundment, a driver licence reinstatement fee and mandatory ignition interlock. The immediate roadside administrative suspension is indefinite and will remain in effect until your charges are resolved in court.
The chart below outlines the suspensions and consequences for indefinite roadside administrative licence suspensions:
You may be arrested if you:
- operate an unregistered vehicle
- drive without a driver's licence
- fail to stop when signalled by police
- drive without care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others
- tamper with a vehicle
- fail to provide information when requested by police
- commit Criminal Code offences
You may be arrested if the police have reason to believe you will not appear in court to answer your summons.Previous page Next page