Impaired drivers in the spotlight in May

The May Traffic Safety Spotlight will focus on catching those who choose to drive impaired, according to SGI.

SGI is urging those who choose to enjoy the warmer weather by gathering for socially distanced drinks to do so in a way that complies with public health orders and to make plans for a safe way to get home.

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“No one should ever lose their life to a poor decision made by an impaired driver,” says Penny McCune, chief operating officer of the Auto Fund.

“The past year has taught us about the importance of looking out for each other. Let’s all keep that in mind. If you’re drinking or using drugs, please don't drive.”

According to SGI, preliminary statistics show in 2020, 32people died and 371 were injured because of crashes resulting from impaired driving.

“We continue to be surprised by the number of motorists who don't seem to know or care that driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and dangerous,” says Saskatoon Police Service Drug Recognition Evaluator Patrick Foster.

“Our team is highly trained to determine impairment through field sobriety testing techniques. Driving impaired, because of any substance, is never worth the risk.”

In addition to alcohol and cannabis, SGI reminds drivers that any substance ‑ legal or illegal ‑ that alters a driver’s thinking can impact ability to drive safely. This can include some prescription drugs, so please consult a trusted health care professional about whether medication affects ability to drive

The most troubling consequences of impaired driving are deaths or injuries, but there are other consequences:

• Possible jail time or a criminal record;

• Licence suspensions;

•Vehicle impoundment and seizures;

•Financial penalties – both court-ordered fines and Safe Driver Recognition penalties.


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