SGI does young driver safety focus, but finds 300-plus impaired driving charges

By The Canadian Press
July 25, 2017 - 9:06am

A traffic safety focus by Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance company has found some troubling numbers in other areas.

June’s spotlight was on young drivers and motorcyclists, but Tyler McMurchy of SGI says impaired driving numbers were found to be higher than acceptable.

McMurchy says there were 376 impaired driving violations and almost all of them were for exceeding the .08 blood alcohol level, failing a sobriety test or refusing to give a breathalyzer sample.

As for young drivers, 88 tickets were issued and, of those, 66 were for operating a vehicle with a learner’s permit without a supervising driver on board.

Young drivers also represented 10 per cent of drivers killed and 12 per cent of drivers seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Among drivers generally, police issued almost 4,800 tickets for aggressive driving and speeding, 441 tickets for not restraining children properly and 436 tickets for distracted driving.

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