Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) says a well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle, which is why officers look for burnt-out lights, cracked windshields, window tint, and other maintenance issues while on patrol.
RCMP says since the beginning of 2018, CTSS issued 30,441 charges and 93,397 warnings to drivers in Saskatchewan for inadequate vehicle equipment violations. 35,600 drivers during that time received vehicle defect inspection notices to have their vehicles repaired within a specific time to assure the continuance of the vehicle’s registration.
Since the beginning of 2023, CTSS reportedly issued 4,544 charges and 13,523 warnings to drivers in Saskatchewan for inadequate vehicle equipment violations. During that time, 3,250 vehicles were issued vehicle defect inspection notices to repair the noted defect.
Here are some of the most common violations CTSS officers have observed since 2018:
- 8,332 charges and 43,817 warnings for cracked or damaged windshields. An inadequate windshield does not have the same integrity when a collision occurs, which may result in glass shards entering the cabin and injuring occupants;
- 13,332 charges and 5,243 warnings for illegal window tint on the windshield or front side windows. Window tint film reduces visibility in low-light conditions, rendering the vehicle’s operation dangerous for its occupants as well as other road users;
- 1,513 charges and 9,508 warnings for inadequate headlights, taillights, or turn signals. Inoperable vehicle lights create an increased hazard to other road users by making it more difficult to perceive a vehicle’s speed and distance, which could lead to a higher risk of collisions;
- 514 charges and 716 warnings for inadequate trailer brake systems, which could fail to activate if the trailer accidentally disconnects from a towing vehicle;
- 191 charges and 621 warnings for tires that are under-inflated, have low tread depth, or feature exposed inner construction;
- 61 charges and 189 warnings for trailers that do not have chains or other secondary attachment device adequately attached between a trailer and a towing vehicle.
“It may seem like it’s no big deal to put off getting a headlight replaced, or a windshield crack repaired. It is a big deal. Poorly-maintained or broken vehicle equipment can put your safety – and the safety of others on the road – at risk,” says S/Sgt. Kevin Williamson from CTSS. “That’s why checking for these things is an important part of the job of CTSS officers, who are patrolling the roads of Saskatchewan every day.”
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