Impaired driving continues to be a concern in Saskatchewan, so it's no surprise that SGI is putting their focus on driving sober for their January Spotlight.

Driving while impaired continues to be leading cause of death on Saskatchewan roads. In 2017, 39% of traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan involved drug or alcohol use.

Being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any other drugs while behind the wheel constitutes as impaired driving. Driving while high also comes with the same penalties as alcohol impaired driving.

If caught, impaired drivers will be given an immediate and indefinite roadside license suspensions, vehicle seizure for up to 60 days and substantial financial penalties. They will also be automatically enrolled in SGI's Driving Without Impairment education course.

SGI is combating the problem several ways with new tools and training introduced last year. This includes introducing new, tougher impaired driving laws, which includes zero tolerance for drug impaired driving.

Police are now able to conduct a roadside breath sample from any driver, and have been trained and certified in Drug Recognition Evaluations and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

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