SGI targeted impaired driving during the traffic safety focus in May, and police in Saskatchewan nabbed 404 drivers, and laid 350 criminal charges.
SGI’s Tyler McMurchy says there is some encouraging news in those figures.
“We suspect that impaired driving activity is actually going down but charges still remain high,” McMurchy explained. “That tells us that charges are a function of enforcement and police are very focused on catching the impaired drivers who are still making that poor decision.”
Police also issued 6 thousand speeding or aggressive driving tickets last month, 540 for distracted driving, and 445 for seatbelt and child restraint infractions.
With marijuana becoming legal October 17th, McMurchy says laws will remain the same.
“It is illegal now and it will continue to be illegal to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol and that is the case even once marijuana use becomes legal in Canada this fall.”