It's not a record that Saskatchewan drivers should be proud of. Police reported the highest number of distracted driving offences ever reported in a single month in October.

There were a total of 793 distracted driving offences, which included 688 cellphone tickets.

Media Relations for SGI, Tyler McMurchy, said those numbers tell them two things, "What this tells us, is that police are very good at catching distracted drivers. It also tells us that they  have a lot of distracted drivers to catch."

In an average, month police usually issue anywhere from 500 to 700 tickets for distracted driving.

Distracted driving can earn you a $280 ticket, plus four demerits under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition program. If you're caught using a cellphone twice within one year, you're vehicle will be seized for one week.

McMurchy said it's also one of the biggest causes for collisions, "It is a costly mistake to make. We really advise people that when you're driving, just leave the phone alone, avoid other distractions and just drive."

In 2017, distracted driving was a factor in more than 6,000 collisions, contributing to the deaths of 26 people and more than 950 injuries.

If you can't help but check your phone, toss it out of reach while driving, whether that's in your glove box, back seat or purse.

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