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SGI and Saskatoon’s Law Enforcement Send out a strong message

SGI and Saskatoon’s Law Enforcement Send out a strong message

After just one month, over 1300 penalties have been issued under the new traffic laws. Of those, 515 have received roadside suspensions for impaired driving and 785 have had their vehicles seized.

This is SGI and Saskatoon’s Law Enforcement sending out a clear message since the new traffic laws took effect on June 27th.

Andrew Cartmell, the president and CEO of SGI has a strong message to those who think they can get away with flouting the new laws

“What is most frustrating is the high number of penalties related to impaired driving – close to 900. There’s simply no excuse for drinking and driving when there are so many options for getting home safely. Thanks to new vehicle seizure laws, drivers that don’t plan a safe ride home and choose to drive while impaired can now be removed from the road immediately, reducing the risk of a senseless collision and possible injury or death.”

For someone who isn’t originally from Saskatchewan, I can fully understand what SGI are trying to do in this province. When you look at the data, impaired driving is the biggest cause of fatalities, period. Although many individuals will feel frustrated with the new, tougher laws, maybe they should go and speak with the victims and the families who have been directly affected by impaired drivers.

So why not consider the options. Take a cab ride instead of getting in the vehicle. Chose a designated driver or use a designated driver service. Maybe even call a relative of or a friend, but more importantly, think of the implications to you and others if you cause a fatal incident due to impaired driving. The bus doesn’t look so bad now does it?

Gary Downes