Changes were made to the requirement to attend alcohol and drug education programs as part of traffic safety law changes made June 27, 2014. The following are some common questions and answers to help you better understand these changes.
Questions and Answers
Where are the 20 Driving Without Impairment (DWI) locations in the province?
- Prince Albert
- Meadow Lake
- North Battleford
- Swift Current
- La Ronge
- Moose Jaw
- Fort Qu'Appelle
I was convicted of a non-alcohol related offence and this is my 1st Criminal Code conviction, what program must I complete in order to get my driver's licence back?
For a first non-alcohol related Criminal Code conviction, you are required to complete a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) program. DWI is a 16-hour course that runs on Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. You must purchase a $170 receipt for the program at any SGI motor licence issuer before attending.
Why do I have to take these programs if I am convicted of a non-alcohol related conviction?
Research shows that in over 80% of these cases, alcohol was involved in the incident whether they were charged or not and there is usually a history of alcohol-related convictions on their driving record.
How much is the DWI course?
The course is $170. Once you are eligible to take the course you must purchase a receipt for the course at any SGI motor licence issuer. On the receipt will be a name and phone number for a DWI coordinator. You must call the coordinator in order to make an appointment to attend a DWI course.
I was convicted of a 2nd Criminal Code offence, what course do I need to take?
You are required to take an Alcohol and Drug Education course. This course is held over 2 weekends at a cost of $450.
Why do I have to pay to take these courses?
The DWI and ADE courses are cost recovery programs. The $170 and $450 pay for the cost of operating the courses.
Why do I have to take these programs?
These programs are required when someone has been convicted of various alcohol- or drug-related driving offences in Saskatchewan.
Nobody in court told me that I would have to do these programs. I should only have to do what the judge said.
These programs are not court-imposed because they are already requirements under The Traffic Safety Act.
I am prohibited for a lengthy period - when should I register for the DWI and/or ADE program or the addictions screening program?
If it is important that you obtain a driver's licence as soon as you are eligible, you should register for the DWI or ADE course and the intake addictions screening course as soon as you are able to as you must take these programs before you can install the ignition interlock device. The DWI course is a 16 hour weekend course, ADE is 2 weekends and the intake addictions screening can take up to 6 months to complete, so the earlier you register for these courses, the better.
Do all drivers required to take these courses have to complete them before they are eligible to be re-licensed?
If you have been convicted of offence that includes a roadside suspension or Criminal Code suspension you must complete these programs in order to be re-licensed.
If drivers do not successfully complete the program, will they have to pay the fee again?
If a driver does not successfully complete the program, and they still wish to be re-licensed, the driver will be required by SGI to re-take the entire program, or just a portion of the program and any additional fees must be paid.
What if someone cannot afford these programs? Are there payment options?
The DWI program and the new program that will be implemented by the end of 2014 are user-pay programs, which means that the cost is completely paid for by the person who uses it. The fees are intended to recover the cost of delivering and administering the program. There are currently no payment option programs provided by SGI.
I have completed my required course, what happens next?
Once you complete your course you may be eligible for your next type of licence. This could be an ignition interlock restricted licence or a special restricted licence. Your eligibility date and licence type will be on the letter you received from SGI when you were first convicted or when you received your roadside suspension.