New drivers may want to pay a little more attention when out on Saskatchewan roads.
SGI is focusing on rookie drivers and riders for the month of June, and police across the province will be watching out for new motorists disobeying restrictions under their respective Graduated Driver’s Licence program.
SGI has some good tips to use if you’re driving for the first time which include lots of practice, know and follow all restrictions outlined on your licence, and gradually expose yourself to different weather conditions and times of day.
Also if you’re going to drink, don’t drive, and if you’re going to drive, don’t drink.
The provincial insurance company says there are tough consequences if caught for the first time, including fines, losing their licence for 60 days, lose four points under the S-D-R program, having the vehicle seized and impounded for 3 days, and taking a D-W-I course.
New drivers and riders are not allowed to use any type of cellphone while driving – neither hand-held nor hands-free. The fine is $280 and four demerit points.
Between 2011 and 2015, drivers 19 and under represented 7 per cent of the province’s driving population.
But younger drivers in that time frame were involved in 11 per cent of all collisions, and also represented 10 per cent of drivers killed and 12 per cent of drivers seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision.