Impaired driving reared its ugly head in Saskatchewan last month, according to SGI.
The crown corporation's July Traffic Safety Spotlight revealed that law enforcement stopped 497 impaired drivers, with 292 of those drivers being charged with Criminal Code offences. Although it wasn't an all-time record high, SGI said this was the most impaired driving offences in a single month so far in 2022.
The July spotlight also revealed 5,411 speeding or aggressive driving related offences, along with 375 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt or having a child improperly restrained.
SGI said distracted driving will be its spotlight for August. Police reported 581 distracted driving offences in July, with 454 of those drivers using a mobile device behind the wheel. SGI said distracted driving still accounts for about one in five vehicle crashes in the province and remains one of the leading causes of injury and death on Saskatchewan roads.
With harvest season now here, SGI is also reminding drivers to be patient and watch for slower moving farm equipment.
The Traffic Safety Spotlight is a partnership between SGI and Saskatchewan law enforcement.