Aggressive driving tops monthly list of traffic offences in Saskatchewan: SGI

Police reported the most frequent traffic safety risks encountered on the road in February

Police in Saskatchewan reported 4,168 instances of speeding or aggressive driving in February, which easily surpassed the rates for other common offences, according to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).

Police also issued 348 tickets to drivers who failed to wear a seatbelt, 29 tickets for passengers who did not buckle up and 13 tickets for the improper use or installation of a baby or booster seat. In addition, eight tickets were issued to drivers whose vehicles carried a passenger under the age of 16 who was not wearing a seatbelt.

“Wearing a seatbelt reduces your risk of being injured or killed in a crash by about 50%. Yet, it is clear that people are still not buckling up and lives continue to be lost,” according to SGI Canada’s announcement. “In 2015, improper or non-seatbelt use contributed to a total of 17 deaths and 194 injuries in the province, with 73 of those injuries [affecting] children under the age of seven.”

The police also reported 348 examples of distracted driving with 266 of those specifically attributed to cellphone use and 281 offences related to impaired driving.

Distracted driving was a key area of focus for Saskatchewan police in March and April sees police emphasizing the safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

The data within SGI’s report include traffic safety focus results for February that were submitted by police as of March 20.

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