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SGI pursues legal action against two liquor establishments following four impaired driving deaths

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced on Thursday that it has pursued legal action for the first time against two liquor establishments in connection with an impaired driving case that claimed a family of four in January 2016. SGI said in

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador conducting comprehensive review of auto insurance system

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the start of a comprehensive review of the auto insurance system in the province. Perry Trimper, Minister of Service NL, announced the review in a statement on Tuesday. As part of the

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Saskatchewan police report more than 320 impaired driving offences in May traffic safety spotlight

June 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

During the same month it released its awareness campaign on impaired driving, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has reported 324 impaired-driving related offences during May’s traffic safety spotlight – “another reminder of why such campaigns are needed.” Last month, police reported

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SGI releases results of traffic safety focus on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

May 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Although Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) traffic safety focus for April was on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, the majority of offences were for speeding or aggressive driving, SGI reported earlier this week. Police in the province issued 12 tickets during the

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Criminal Code changes proposing mandatory alcohol screening of drivers tabled for second reading

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is aiming to remove the “bolus drinking” loophole with amendments to the Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving, Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould suggested Friday on Parliament Hill. If Bill C-46 is passed into law, Canadian

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Lawyer defending accused impaired drivers sought ‘extraordinary remedies’ in alleging bias against two judges in a row: Supreme Court

May 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A lawyer representing 10 motorists charged with drinking and driving-related criminal offences in Quebec has to pay $3,000 personally in costs after motions for writs of prohibition against judges were dismissed. In a decision released Friday, the Supreme Court of

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Intrusive Testing

May 1, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Now that Canada’s highest court has established a major legal barrier for employers wanting to test workers in safety sensitive positions for drug and alcohol impairment, lawyers suggest that fleet managers would need significant evidence of a workplace problem before bringing in random testing

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Saskatchewan sees most tickets yet for distracted driving since traffic safety spotlights began in 2014: SGI

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The month of March saw the most tickets yet for distracted driving since monthly traffic safety spotlights began in 2014, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday. Last month, a total of 523 tickets were issued: 441 for driving while

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Legislation allowing alcohol testing of drivers without prior suspicion tabled on Parliament Hill

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If legislation tabled last week is passed into law, Canadian police officers would be able to test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment and the Criminal Code of Canada would be amended to clarify that police drug recognition experts could

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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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One in 10 polled Canadians admit to driving under the influence of marijuana, State Farm Canada survey finds

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in 10 respondents to a recent State Farm Canada survey admit that they have driven under the influence of marijuana (45% within the past 12 months), but nearly half this group said they don’t believe marijuana impacts their ability

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Manitoba Public Insurance uses virtual reality to tackle distracted, impaired driving and speeding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced that it is launching a new “virtual reality (VR) experience” to tackle three critical road safety issues facing young drivers in Manitoba: distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. Ron Schuler, Manitoba’s Minister of Crown