Tougher laws help­ing re­move risky driv­ers from Sask. road­ways

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Saskatchew­an’s new traf­fic laws are al­ready be­ing cred­ited with re­mov­ing risky driv­ers from provin­cial road­ways.

A se­ries of higher penalty traf­fic laws have been in place for just over two weeks, but al­ready a to­tal of 271 mo­torists have re­ceived li­cence sus­pen­sions and 380 have had their ve­hi­cles seized.

Dur­ing en­force­ment of the traf­fic law changes dur­ing the pe­riod of June 27 to July 15, po­lice is­sued 271 road­side sus­pen­sions for im­paired driv­ing, 189 im­paired driv­ing ve­hi­cle seizures, 131 unau­tho­rized driver ve­hi­cle seizures along with 60 high risk driv­ing ve­hi­cle seizures.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to see so many ve­hi­cle seizures and sus­pen­sions in such a short time pe­riod, but it’s also en­cour­ag­ing to know po­lice have the new laws at their dis­posal to mit­i­gate the high num­ber of col­li­sion-re­lated deaths and in­juries in Saskatchew­an,” stated Andrew Cart­mell, Pres­i­dent and CEO of SGI.

Saskatchew­an’s new traf­fic laws in­clude tougher penal­ties for im­paired driv­ing, dis­tracted driv­ing and ex­ces­sive speed, which are the top three con­tribut­ing fac­tors to fa­tal crashes in the prov­ince. Po­lice are also re­mind­ing par­ents and care­givers that booster seats are now manda­tory for chil­dren un­der the age of seven. In 2013, pre­lim­i­nary data shows that 134 people were killed and 6,804 were in­jured in ve­hi­cle collisions on Saskatchew­an roads and high­ways. High Risk Driver Ve­hi­cle Seizures (June 27 to July 15) 24 - Driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle (seven day im­pound­ment)

12 - Ex­ceed­ing the speed limit by more than 50 kilo­me­tres per hour (seven day im­pound­ment)

4 - Dan­ger­ous driv­ing (30 day im­pound­ment)

3 - Us­ing elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment while driv­ing (seven day im- pound­ment)

3 - Fail­ing to stop for a peace of­fi­cer (30 day im­pound­ment)

3 - Driv­ing as a learner while un­ac­com­pa­nied (three day im­pound­ment)

3 - Con­test of speed (Crim­i­nal Code) (30 day im­pound­ment)

2 - Driv­ing while disqual­i­fied (Crim­i­nal Code) (30 day im­pound­ment)

2 - Im­paired driv­ing (30 day im­pound­ment)

2 - Con­test of speed or race with other ve­hi­cles (30 day im­pound­ment)

1 - Stunt­ing (three day im­pound­ment)

1 - Dan­ger­ous driv­ing while street rac­ing (30 day im­pound­ment)

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