Results from the January Traffic Safety Spotlight have been released by SGI, and it was a busy month for the Crown Corporation. 

SGI announced that 447 tickets were handed out for improperly restrained drivers or passengers, including:

  • 380 tickets to drivers not wearing a seatbelt  
  • 47 tickets to passengers not wearing a seatbelt 
  • 20 tickets to drivers for children not restrained in the correct booster or car seat 

Seatbelt tickets come with three demerit points, which can lead to additional financial penalties or loss of insurance discounts under the Safe Driver Recognition program, says SGI. 

“Of all the reasons you should wear a seatbelt, the most important one is the fact that it significantly increases the chance that you’ll escape serious injury or death in the event of a collision. In Saskatchewan, the approximately five per cent of people who don’t wear seatbelts represented one-third of drivers or passengers who lost their lives in auto crashes. In 2021, 20 drivers or passengers were killed while not wearing a seatbelt. Ample evidence proving seatbelts save lives is as easy to find on the Internet as buckling up,” said SGI in a release. 

Other results from January's spotlight include:

  • 369 impaired driving offences, including 214 Criminal Code charges 
  • 4,109 tickets for speeding and aggressive driving offences
  • 609 tickets were issued for distracted driving, including 534 for using a cellphone