The traffic safety spotlight for the month of July is speeding. Throughout the province, police will be watching for drivers exceeding the speed limit. Distracted driving, impaired driving and occupant restraints will also be a focus in July.
"Speed is a factor in more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “During the summer months, with increased traffic on our roads and highways, speeding is simply not worth the risk. Plan ahead. Build in more travel time. Slow down and obey posted speed limits to keep yourself and other road users safe.”
Each year, there are more than 2,500 speed-related collisions on Saskatchewan roads that claim 46 lives and injure more than 1,000 others. Collisions due to unsafe speed are generally severe – about 29 per cent of speed-related collisions result in injury or death compared with only 16 per cent for non-speed related collisions. For every 100 collisions due to unsafe speed, an average of 42 people are injured or killed.*
On June 27, a number of changes addressing speed took effect in the province, including:
- The speed threshold in the Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) program was lowered from 50 kilometers per hour over the posted speed limit down to 35 kilometers per hour over the posted speed limit. This offence results in four demerit points under the SDR program and Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Improvement and Driver Improvement programs.
- A new offence for driving double or more the speed limit was introduced, resulting in four demerit points under the SDR program and GDL Improvement and Driver Improvement programs.
- Exceeding the speed limit by more than double the speed results in a seven-day vehicle seizure on the second or subsequent offence within one year.
- Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 kilometers per hour results in a seven-day vehicle seizure on each offence.
- A contest of speed or race with other vehicles results in a 30-day vehicle seizure on each offence.
Visit SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca to learn about the new traffic laws now in effect, or for information about the Road Safety Challenge and how #wecandrivebetter.