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More than 4,000 speeders caught by Saskatchewan police in July

August 21, 2014   by Canadian Underwriter

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Police caught more than 4,000 drivers exceeding the speed limit during a province-wide traffic safety spotlight focusing on speeding in July, SGI reported this week.

In total, law enforcement issued 4,028 speeding violations during the month, including:

  • 3,820 tickets for aggressive driving/speeding
  • 142 tickets for exceeding the speed limit by 35 km/h
  • 35 tickets for exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h
  • 28 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle
  • 3 tickets for driving double or more the speed limit

Police also issued 426 seatbelt violations, 544 tickets for distracted driving (457 of those for cell phone use) and 16 tickets for impaired driving.

Immediate roadside vehicle seizures are now in effect for some speeding offences in the province, SGI noted.

On July 30 and 31, police officers from all over the province also assembled in North Battleford for a two-day Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event. Police enforced all traffic safety violations, with a particular focus on seatbelts, cell phone use, aggressive driving and impaired driving. In total, police issued 263 tickets over the two-day period, including:

  • 145 tickets for aggressive driving/speeding
  • 67 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use
  • 11 tickets for cellphone use while driving
  • 40 other tickets

SGI car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event to ensure the proper use of child restraints and promote the importance of child passenger safety. They checked 181 child restraints during the check stops and gave away 42 car/booster seats.