SGI Highlighting Two Issues During March Traffic Safety Focus

SGI’s traffic safety focus for March is on 2 issues, distracted and drowsy driving.

Spokesperson Jennifer Sulley says distracted driving is a perennial problem in Saskatchewan.

“People are just being distracted by the notifications from their phone,” she said. “We understand that it can be very tempting when you hear that little bleep, check to see what’s going on, but at the end of the day, your focus should be on the road.”

When it comes to driving while drowsy, she says it is not an uncommon occurrence.

Sulley says there were 173 collisions and 2 deaths were attributed in part to driving drowsy last year.

The fines for distracted and drowsy driving start at $580 dollars, and 4 demerit points.

She says the best thing you can do if you start to get drowsy behind the wheel is pull over and have a rest.

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