According to a new report from CBC News, Saskatchewan police will be setting their sights on distracted drivers in the month of March. In a statement, SGI executive vice-president Earl Cameron said:
“When you’re behind the wheel, you’re responsible for thousands of pounds of glass and steel. At road speeds, a quick lapse in attention can come with a lifetime of consequences. The next time you have the urge to do anything but drive while behind the wheel, ask yourself if that distraction is really worth it.”
In their efforts to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the road, the police force will focus on those drivers who are texting, making calls, checking their phone in any way, putting on makeup, eating, programming an in-dash GPS, and much more.
A report put together by the insurance company (SGI) notes that there were about 5,700 collisions in 2015 that were caused by distracted drivers. From those collisions, there were a total of 802 injured and 36 killed.
Saskatchewan police have also released statistics for the month of January 2017:
- 269 people charged with exceeding .08 blood alcohol content (BAC)
- 7 people charged with BAC between 0.4 and 0.8
- 3,376 people ticketed for speeding/aggressive driving
- 397 people ticketed for distracted driving (321 for smartphone use)
- 322 people ticketed for seatbelts/child car seats