More than 900 peo­ple were caught driv­ing dis­tracted in June

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The re­sults from last month’s Traf­fic Safety Spot­light on dis­tracted driv­ing are in: dur­ing June, law en­force­ment across the prov­ince re­ported 919 dis­tracted driv­ing of­fences –798 were for cell phone use. That means 87% of dis­tracted driv­ing of­fences in­volved cell phone use.

With num­bers like that, it’s no won­der that SGI and law en­force­ment con­tinue to fo­cus their ef­forts on dis­tracted driv­ing. Last month, SGI re­leased a new multi-me­dia ad cam­paign to ad­dress dis­tracted driv­ing and to show the hu­man im­pact.

The mes­sage of the cam­paign is clear: dis­tracted driv­ing kills – don’t miss out on life. Visit dis­tracted-driv­ing-kills to see the new cam­paign.

The fine for driv­ing dis­tracted is $280, plus four de­merit points un­der the Safe Driver Recog­ni­tion pro­gram. And, if you get two cell phone tick­ets within a year, your ve­hi­cle will be towed and im­pounded for a week.

But it’s more than just the fi­nan­cial cost if you’re caught driv­ing dis­tracted (and with strong en­force­ment on our roads, the odds of get­ting caught are highly likely).

For some, it’s the phys­i­cal cost of be­ing in­jured in a dis­tracted driv­ing col­li­sion – dis­tracted driv­ing is still a lead­ing cause of in­jury on Saskatchew­an roads.

For oth­ers, it’s the emo­tional cost of los­ing a loved one in a dis­tracted driv­ing col­li­sion.

It’s just not worth it. Leave the phone alone – keep it in your purse, your glove box, the back­seat. Keep your eyes on the road, avoid dis­trac­tions, and #JustDrive.

Law en­force­ment also re­ported the fol­low­ing of­fences as part of the monthly Traf­fic Safety Spot­light:

-7,040 tick­ets for speed­ing/ ag­gres­sive driv­ing

-367 im­paired driv­ing of­fences, in­clud­ing 325 Crim­i­nal Code charges

-590 tick­ets re­gard­ing seat­belts/car seats

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