New year, new tools to combat impaired driving

January Traffic Spotlight message is #DriveSober—“impaired is impaired”

Regina, SK (Jan. 1, 2019) — With 2018 shrinking away in the rearview mirror, SGI and law enforcement remain focused on the issue of impaired driving, which kicks off 2019’s Traffic Safety Spotlight for January.

Another focus on impaired driving? You bet.

The battle against impaired driving is as relevant as ever with the legalization of cannabis in October, and a host of new federal and provincial laws brought in throughout 2018.

“Make 2019 the year you don’t even think about driving impaired,” said Penny McCune, Chief Operating Officer of the Auto Fund. “The acceptable number for drivers charged with impairment is zero. The acceptable number for people killed and hurt by impaired driving is zero. Every driver has the responsibility to never get behind the wheel when they’re impaired.”

Whether it’s marijuana, alcohol, or any other drug, impaired is impaired. Police have the training and tools to determine when someone is driving under the influence, and with recent changes to the laws around obtaining breath samples, impaired drivers are even more likely to get caught.

Speaking of the tools and training:

Impaired driving is still the leading cause of death on Saskatchewan roads. In 2017, 39 per cent of traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan involved drug and/or alcohol use. To put that in perspective, the number one thing killing people on Saskatchewan roads is completely preventable.

Driving high comes with the same penalties as alcohol-impaired driving. This includes immediate and indefinite roadside licence suspensions for criminal charges, vehicle seizure up to 60 days, mandatory enrolment in SGI’s Driving Without Impairment education program and substantial financial penalties via Safe Driver Recognition program

About SGI

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. For more information, visit

Source: Saskatchewan Government Insurance

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