The month of December marks National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and police are letting drivers know they will be carefully watching the roads this holiday season.

Motorists can expect heavy police presence over the next few weekends as RCMP will be looking out for signs of what they call the "Big Four" -- distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and lack of the use of a seatbelt.

RCMP began Impaired Driving Prevention Month by closely monitoring Saskatchewan roads this past weekend. Despite the reduced visibility and poor driving conditions, 334 drivers received tickets while 242 were let off with warnings.

14 drivers were charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, 3 additional drivers had their licences suspended for 24 hours and 2 more had their licenses suspended for drug related impairment.

While RCMP will be looking to tackle impaired drivers in December, they will also be keeping their eyes open for dangerous drivers. Last weekend, 150 vehicles were issued tickets for excessive speeds or aggressive driving while 32 drivers were charged for not wearing their seatbelts.

Below is a breakdown of the charges from a very busy weekend for RCMP officers.

- 13 Impaired Driving (alcohol) charges

- 3 Driver's License Suspensions, alcohol-related (low impairment)

- 2 Driver's License Suspension, drug-related

- 150 Speeding and/or Stunt Driving Charges

- 1 Follow Too Close Charge

- 1 Unsafe Lane Change Charge

- 2 'Cellphone' Charges

- 2 Drive Without Due Care and Attention Charges

- 32 Seatbelt Charges

- 4 Other Criminal Code charges

- 129 Other Provincial Traffic Charges

TOTAL: 337 Charges

- 242 Warnings

- 25 Vehicle Inspection Notices

With the holidays soon approaching, Saskatchewan RCMP are asking people to stay safe on the streets this season. That starts with putting cell phones away, wearing seatbelts and if you're drinking -- please don't drive.


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