315 Sask. drivers caught driving suspended last month
#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.