Speeding overtakes Saskatchewan traffic spotlight in August

Global News

REGINA – Numbers are in from the province-wide traffic safety spotlight in August which focused on one of the leading contributors in fatal crashes in Saskatchewan – distracted driving.

Law enforcement officials issued 319 tickets for distracted driving during the month, including 228 for cellphone violations.

With new Saskatchewan traffic laws in effect, drivers now face immediate vehicle seizures of seven days on a second or subsequent offence for cellphone use.

Although the province-wide spotlight may have focused on distracted driving, SGI says speeding remained an issue in August with 3,719 tickets issued.

During July’s traffic spotlight, police issued 4,028 speeding violations during an entire month that focused on excessive speed.

According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) preliminary numbers, there were 31 fatalities related to distracted driving in 2013.

September’s spotlight is cracking down on traffic safety in Saskatchewan school zones.

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