In December police in Saskatchewan were focused on impaired driving enforcement which resulted in 545 impaired driving offences being reported.

The following data is from SGI's during December's Traffic Safety Spotlight:

Last month, as promised, law enforcement across Saskatchewan held dozens of checkstops, along with other less-visible forms of enforcement. As a result, there were 183 Criminal Code impaired driving offences and 362 administrative for exceeding provincial limits.

The majority of administrative suspensions (241) were related to drugs. The other 121 were due to alcohol. The prevalence of drug-related suspensions coincides with police having more widespread access to roadside oral fluid testers that can determine whether a driver has been using cannabis and other drugs.

Along with numbers shown above, there were other traffic related offenses during December's Traffic Safety Spotlight

  • 3,803 tickets for speeding and aggressive driving offences;
  • 234 tickets for people not wearing a seatbelt, or not using the proper car seat or booster; and
  • 486 tickets for distracted driving, including 412 for using a cellphone

The focus for the first two months in 2024 now shifts to other areas:

Throughout January and February, SGI is focusing on helping drivers avoid collisions (along with the resulting costs, and potential consequences that result) by talking about some of the most common causes of vehicle crashes:

  • Driver distraction and inattention
  • Failure to yield
  • Excessive speed
  • Following too closely
  • Not adjusting to road conditions