The Driver Improvement Program monitors the records of all experienced Saskatchewan drivers for traffic convictions and at-fault collisions.
Drivers are assigned demerit points every time they are convicted of a traffic offence or are responsible for a vehicle collision. The points are assigned based on the cost of the damages and how much the driver has been determined to be at fault for the collision.
Collision claim details for collisions:
Here is a complete list of all offences and their corresponding demerit points under the DIP program.
|Most frequent offences||Demerit points1|
|At-fault collision||See Collision chart|
|Driving while suspended or refused licence||4|
|Driving without due care and attention||4|
|Running a red light||4|
|Running a stop sign||4|
|Driver failing to wear a seatbelt||3|
|Driving contrary to sign direction||3|
|Driving an unregistered vehicle||1|
|Exceeding the speed limit before Oct. 12, 2016||1|
|Exceeding the speed limit on or after Oct. 12, 2016||2|
|No driver's licence or inappropriate licence||1|
|U-turn at lights||1|
How the program works
The Driver Improvement Program (DIP) looks at a driver's most recent 730 days (2 years) of driving experience in order to determine whether a sanction level has been reached. If a driver is entered into the program, they will remain in it until they have driven for 730 days incident free. For every additional 3 or more demerit points accumulated, the driver will face increased sanctions.
In the DIP, the conviction date is used to determine the restart date. The conviction date is either the day the ticket is paid or the court date.
Note: The 730 days are accumulative and not consecutive. Each incident (i.e., traffic conviction, at-fault collision or suspension) restarts the accumulation of the 730 clear days. Interruptions such as non-renewal or refusal of the driver's licence will not be counted towards accumulating the 730 days.
Drivers that buy back a motor vehicle collision claim for an accident that occurred on or after Oct. 12, 2016 will no longer have the points removed in the Driver Improvement Program. The guiding principal behind the Driver Improvement Program is to change driving behaviour and skills using education and other sanctions.
Consequences of a poor driving record - action taken
A number of sanctions will be applied depending on the number of driver points the driver has incurred. The more demerit points the driver accumulates, the tougher the sanctions become.
|Program information letter||9 or more points|
|Warning letter||3 or more additional points|
|Defensive Driving Course||3 or more additional points|
|Driver Improvement Training||3 or more additional points|
|30-day suspension||3 or more additional points|
|90-day suspension||3 or more additional points|
|180-day suspension||3 or more additional points|
|Interview and sanction||3 or more additional points|
|Manual review and sanction||3 or more additional points|
Program information letter (9+ points)
If a driver accumulates 9 or more demerit points, they are sent a program information letter advising the driver of their deteriorating driving record and they are automatically placed in the DIP. The program information letter informs the driver of the consequences if their driving record does not improve. About half of drivers who receive letters change their behaviour and no further action is taken.
Warning letter (additional 3 or more points)
The warning letter advises the driver that additional demerit points have been added to their driving record. It also informs the driver that if their driving record continues to deteriorate they will be required to complete the Defensive Driving Course.
Defensive Driving Course (additional 3 or more points)
The Defensive Driving Course is designed to help drivers develop safe driving skills for today's complex traffic environment. Drivers will learn techniques to help them avoid collisions. The course is provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council for a fee.
Driver Improvement Training (additional 3 or more points)
Driver Improvement Training is designed to educate drivers on the responsibilities and consequences associated with driving, and to encourage safe driving habits. The Driver Improvement Training course is offered by accredited driver educators throughout the province. The driver is responsible for the course fee (paid to the driver educator).
Driver's licence suspensions
Drivers who are responsible for continued collisions and/or traffic convictions will have their driver's licence suspended. The length of suspension depends on the number of demerit points on the driver's record.Additional 3 or more demerit points:
- 30-day suspension
- 90-day suspension
- 180-day suspension
Interview and sanction (additional 3 or more points)
The interview is an opportunity for driver examiners to review and discuss the driver's record with the driver, their driving behaviour and the circumstances of each conviction and/or collision. A sanction will also be levied against the driver.
Manual review and sanction (additional 3 or more points)
The review is an opportunity for SGI staff to review the driver's record and to determine the best course of action with regards to the driver's unsafe driving habits.
Here's an example of how someone would progress through the program:
|Exceed speed limit||1||01/Sep/14||-|
|At-fault collision||+6 = 7||04/Feb/15||-|
|50% at-fault collision||+3 = 10||10/Aug/15||Program info letter|
|Stop sign||+4 = 14||22/Sep/15||Warning letter|
|Exceed speed limit||+2 = 16||12/Oct/16||-|
|Failure to wear seatbelt||+3 = 19||02/Jan/17||Defensive Driving Course|
|At-fault collision||+6 = 25||07/Jan/17||Driver Improvement Training|
Drivers can appeal all sanctions, with the exception of the program information letter, warning letter, interview request or manual review, to the Highway Traffic Board. The board is independent from SGI and has the authority to alter decisions, issue a restricted licence or reduce or increase the length of any driver's licence suspension.
Steps to appeal for a Driver Improvement Program sanction:
- Set up a telephone hearing with the Highway Traffic Board.
- Results of the hearing will be provided in a written decision sent to you in the mail.
- If the appeal is successful, SGI will make the changes to your driving privileges.
Note: Appeals related to the Safe Driver Recognition program for accidents that occur on or after Oct. 12, 2016, will no longer impact points or sanctions in the Driver Improvement Program.
1-800-667-9868 ext. 6892
- Points accumulated under the Driver Improvement Program are completely independent of the Safe Driver Recognition program and will not affect the cost of your automobile insurance.