The numbers are in from a collaborative effort from provincial RCMP detachments to address traffic violations during the Thanksgiving long weekend.
The more than 700 charges laid seem staggering but are less than other weekends the RCMP have seen. Sargent Conrad Logan said they can see upwards of two to three times this amount on Saskatchewan roads.
Below is the breakdown of the 723 charges that were given during the operation and are statistics only from the Combined Traffic Services Section:
• 546 speeding tickets
• 143 other moving and non-moving tickets (including, following too close, cross solid line, driving an unregistered vehicle)
• 19 seat belt tickets
• 9 cellphone tickets
• 5 alcohol-impaired charges
• 2 roadside suspensions
• 1 drug-impaired charges
In addition to the above tickets and charges, 456 written warnings and 56 inspection notices were issued as well.
A noteable offence within the tickets issued included a driver going 68 kilometres over the speed limit, after investigation, the driver was charged with impaired driving.
Logan stated that they are in contact with local detachments and municipal police services to determine problem areas and will frequently set up check-stops and other road safety initiatives in an effort to catch those not obeying the laws and putting their own and other drivers lives at risk.
Operation Impact ran across Saskatchewan from October 5th to the 8th.