Saskatchewan Police Services reported 414 impaired driving offenses for the month of December 2022, according to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).
According to a press release, strict enforcement of the impaired driving law, which included dozens of checks, resulted in impaired driving charges.
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“There have been 240 people charged with an impaired driving offense under the Criminal Code, and 174 others have received penalties – including license suspensions and vehicle impoundments – for exceeding the limits provincial alcohol or drug laws,” SGI said.
Police also reported issuing 254 tickets for seat belt and occupant restraint violations, 2,931 speeding and aggressive driving tickets and 491 distracted driving tickets.
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SGI reminds motorists that all impaired driving offenses come with penalties and safe driver recognition requirements for taking impaired driving courses. Convictions can also lead to suspensions, heavier fines, and potential incarceration.
SGI also noted that thousands of people made good decisions and chose not to drive after drinking or using drugs.
“Congratulations to everyone who was brought home by taxi, bus, rideshare, designated ride service, Operation Red Nose, or a sober friend or family member,” SGI said. “The holidays may be over, but finding a safe vehicle is something drivers should be doing all year round. Impaired driving offenses come with a wide range of penalties that can ruin your budget, but a DUI collision can destroy much more than that.
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