315 Sask. driv­ers caught driv­ing sus­pended last month

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Saskatchew­an - CON­TRIB­UTED

#DoNotRiskI­t – that was the mes­sage of Novem­ber’s traf­fic safety spot­light on sus­pended driv­ers and un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles. Well, the re­sults are in – and a large num­ber of driv­ers de­cided to ig­nore this ad­vice. Last month, po­lice re­ported:

• 328 of­fences for driv­ing while sus­pended or dis­qual­i­fied;

• 804 of­fences for op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle or trailer with­out a valid reg­is­tra­tion;

• 316 of­fences for driv­ing with­out a valid li­cence or fail­ing to abide by li­cence re­stric­tions.

With au­to­mated li­cence plate read­ers in more than 140 law en­force­ment ve­hi­cles across Saskatchew­an, it’s never been eas­ier for po­lice to spot un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles, or ve­hi­cles as­so­ci­ated with sus­pended driv­ers.

Driv­ers should be very ner­vous to get on the road with an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle or a sus­pended li­cence. The con­se­quences are not worth the risk: if you’re driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle, it’s a stiff $580 dol­lar fine (you could buy some pretty nice Christ­mas gifts with $580!). If your driver’s li­cence is sus­pended and you’re caught driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, you face penal­ties un­der The Traf­fic Safety Act, The Crim­i­nal Code of Canada, The Au­to­mo­bile Ac­ci­dent In­surance Act and ap­pli­ca­ble reg­u­la­tions.

Plus, in­valid plates or a sus­pended li­cence means no in­surance cov­er­age! If you cause a col­li­sion, you’ll be stuck pay­ing for thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­ages.

But you’re not go­ing to let that hap­pen, right? Es­pe­cially since it’s so easy to pay for your plates on­line through MySGI. You can even set up email re­minders so you never miss a re­newal no­tice. You could also sim­ply en­ter li­cence and reg­is­tra­tion ex­piry dates in your phone’s cal­en­dar. These are all great ways to en­sure you #DoNotRiskI­t!

Other re­sults from Novem­ber’s Traf­fic Safety Spot­light:

• 288 im­paired driv­ing re­lated of­fences (in­clud­ing 251 Crim­i­nal Code charges);

• 325 seat­belt re­lated of­fences;

• 728 dis­tracted driv­ing of­fences (in­clud­ing 601 for cell­phone use);

• 5,022 speed­ing re­lated of­fences.

‘Tis the Sea­son to #DriveSober – For De­cem­ber’s Traf­fic Safety Spot­light, the SGI Not-Ready-For-Christ­mas­time Singers sang hol­i­day hits to spread the mes­sage to never drive im­paired. Check them out here and make sure to al­ways #PlanASafeR­ide home.

Visit SGI’s web­site at www.sgi.sk.ca for more in­for­ma­tion about li­cens­ing and reg­is­tra­tion. Fol­low SGI on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram for safety tips to #TakeCareOu­tThere.

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