In spite of its “Just Drive” campaign and repeated warnings about the perils of distracted driving, SGI notes that Saskatchewan drivers are still being picked up for the offense. In its Traffic Safety Spotlight, the Crown insurer reports that law enforcement issued 768 distracted driving tickets in August. Its release reveals that police issued 646 tickets to drivers using a mobile device while behind the wheel, and 122 tickets for driving without due care and attention.
Distracted driving remains a major concern and one of the chief causes of death and injuries on Saskatchewan roads.
Other results from the August spotlight include:
· Impaired driving - 488 offenses, including 304 Criminal Code violations,
· 5,454 tickets for speeding and aggressive driving. Remember, effective Oct. 1, 2022, tough new penalties for stunting and street racing come into effect and,
· 442 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt or having a child improperly restrained. It only takes a moment to #MakeItClick – a moment that can save your life.
The Traffic Safety Spotlight is a partnership between SGI and Saskatchewan law enforcement to focus resources on education and enforcement of traffic safety. The spotlights are themed quarterly and monthly around traffic safety campaigns such as impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and seatbelts.