The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Improvement program monitors the records of all drivers in the GDL program for traffic convictions and at-fault collisions.
You'll be placed in the Graduated Driver Licensing Improvement program if, while at any stage of the GDL program, you:
- are found at fault for a collision
- receive traffic convictions
How the program works
The program considers how many incidents you've had, as well as the point value assigned for specific traffic convictions and at-fault collisions:
|Warning||If your 1st incident is 1 point|
|Traffic Safety Education||If your 1st incident is 3 or more points
If your 2nd incident is 1 or more points
|Defensive Driving Course||1 or more additional points|
|Driver Improvement Training||1 or more additional points|
|30-day driver's licence suspension||1 or more additional points|
|90-day driver's licence suspension||1 or more additional points|
|180-day driver's licence suspension||1 or more additional points|
|Interview with SGI and sanction||1 or more additional points|
|Manual review and sanction||1 or more additional points|
Here is a complete list of all offences and their corresponding demerit points under the DIP program.
The Traffic Safety Education program increases your driving awareness by testing your understanding of the rules of the road and evaluating how your behaviour, actions and attitude can lead to incidents and convictions.
You'll learn how poor driving decisions can impact you financially and personally with any of the following:
- traffic fines
- demerit points and financial penalties for each driving incident that can affect your vehicle insurance costs
- sanctions you must attend
- possible loss of your driver's licence
- a poor driving record, which can be a barrier to employment opportunities
We'll also review the most common traffic convictions to help you avoid these incidents and look at accident scenes to illustrate the consequences of inappropriate driving behaviour.
At the end of the course, you will be asked to prepare and submit a plan that outlines how you are going to change your driving. For example, I am going to slow down, always wear my seatbelt, quit using my cellphone when driving, etc.
The course can be completed in small groups of 2 or 3 that runs for 1 hour or larger groups of 15 to 70 that runs for 2 hours.
The Saskatchewan Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (DDC) teaches you how to avoid a collision through safe driving behaviour.
This 5-hour interactive classroom course teaches you how to prevent collisions no matter the road conditions and despite the actions of other drivers. It focuses on defensive driving skills that will help to protect yourself and others on the road.
The DDC covers 4 areas of defensive driving skills:
- knowledge of traffic laws
- foresight to anticipate a collision with preparedness to react
- judgment to recognize hazards while making split-second decisions
The course includes case studies and written exercises, interactive class discussion and specific techniques to avoid all types of traffic collisions.
- Regina and district - 306-757-3197
- Saskatoon and district - 306-343-2023
- all other districts - 1-855-280-7115 (toll free)
The Driver Improvement Training course fee is set at $225 and consists of 4 hours. The training can be delivered in:
- 3 sessions - 1.5 hours, 1.5 hours and 1 hour; or
- 2 sessions - 2 hours and 2 hours
- course expectations/consequences
- review of driving history
- in-car assessment
- review of completed homework assignments
- discussion regarding:
- driver personalities
- driving analysis
- goal setting
- develop and review a Driver Improvement Plan
- review consequences of future convictions and collisions
- review of course assessment that will be forwarded to SGI
Contact a driving instructor for more details.
Instructors may assess an additional fee for non attendance or late cancellation of a scheduled session. The application of and amount of the additional fees charged is up to the individual instructor.
Find a Driver Improvement Training educator near you. Ask your educator if they accept communications by text message.
Drivers can appeal all sanctions, with the exception of the warning letter, Traffic Safety Education, 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:
- 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 Graduated Driver Licensing Improvement program.
306-775-6900 in Regina
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