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Texting and Driving in Saskatchewan Can Get Your Vehicle Impounded for 7 Days

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K3 Excavating truck being impounded by police, via CJME

Saskatchewan introduced tougher traffic laws on June 27 for distracted driving, with a first offence coming with a $280 fine. If a second distracted driving ticket is issued within a year, owners are subject to having their vehicle impounded for seven days, which is what happened to one of K3 Excavating’s company trucks.

One of Kevin Boychuk’s employees was issued his second distracted driving ticket in less than a year, which resulted in having a company truck impounded for seven days.

“He told me city police pulled him over for talking on his cellphone and they were towing the truck to the impound lot,”

Boychuk told CJME the tougher laws should penalize the vehicles belonging to drivers, and not companies, claiming the vehicle has caused his business to lose $2,500 in revenue in one day due to the impounded truck:

“When we’re not the offenders, we’ve done everything we can to make our employees aware of the policy and we’ve done nothing wrong as a company — my driver is a big boy, he’s got a registered vehicle, so take his vehicle don’t punish my company,”

The new driving law states police are to seize vehicles driven by offenders, regardless who it belongs to. According to Earl Cameron, the vice-president of SGI’s auto fund that covers the vehicle insurance segment, “In 2013 there were 31 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries where distracted driving was a contributing factor,” which is why tougher legislation was enacted.

Cameron also noted the purpose of the law is to separate the risk (the driver) from the vehicle, in the same way police would deal with impaired drivers. 

Boychuk argues the law should be changed, calling it “bad legislation.”

The bottom line is his driver was caught texting and driving. It’s unfortunate he just happened to be driving the company vehicle.

Earlier this week, the government of Ontario noted distracted driving fines are set to possibly increase to $1000, should an old driving bill successfully pass through the legislature. The Ontario Provincial Police says distracted driving is now the number one killer on the roads.

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  • Mike Fradette

    I agree, go after the employee and inconvenience him, not the employer who has provided a policy and training. The employer cannot control what happens when an employee gets behind the wheel and shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the employees actions.

  • CMfly

    The way it works is it is now up to the employer to punish the employee. Try to garnish wages to recoup the damage or just fire them and be better off. If the law were to take the vehicle of the driver and not the one being driven what would the punishment be if he didn’t own a car?

  • Sven L

    Good. Distracted driving has been one of the more sinister results of smartphones becoming so widely adopted. The heavy handed punishment seen in this story should hopefully give people all the motivation they need to smarten up.

  • Nowhereman

    He could kill somebody while texting driving the company truck, not his personal vehicle.

  • johnnygoodface

    When in Québec?

  • MikeOxlong

    This is awesome. Now allow it to spread to the rest of the country, starting with Ontario ASAP.

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