Tougher laws helping remove risky drivers from Sask. roadways
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)