During last week’s traffic safety blitz, 151 Saskatchewan drivers were ticketed for improper or non-seatbelt use and 83 were ticketed for using a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel. The fifth coordinated traffic safety blitz, held Apr. 18 and 19, saw police and traffic enforcement officers across the province cracking down on non-use of seatbelts and cellphone use while driving. Agencies involved included rural and larger municipal services, CN Rail Police, CP Rail Police, U of S Campus Safety Officers and the RCMP, among others.
In total, law enforcement officials issued a total of 516 tickets. In addition to improper or non-seatbelt use (including driver, passenger or child) and cellphone use while driving, the remainder of tickets were a result of offences including speeding, disobeying stop signs or disobeying red lights.
The goal of the traffic safety blitzes is to create awareness of various traffic safety issues in the province. Each month, these blitzes act as a reminder to motorists to be cognizant of their own driving habits.
Last month’s coordinated traffic safety blitz, Operation March Madness, resulted in 943 drivers receiving tickets, including 754 for aggressive driving violations.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer’s website or SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca.