Results are in from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)'s January Traffic Safety Spotlight, which focused on properly buckling up when hitting the road. 

A total of 447 tickets were issued by police across the province to drivers or passengers not wearing seatbelts, and to drivers for children not being restrained in the correct booster or car seat.

This breaks down as 380 tickets to drivers not wearing a seatbelt, 47 tickets to passengers not wearing a seatbelt, and 20 tickets to drivers for children not restrained in the correct booster or car seat. 

With each ticket costing $175, folks in Saskatchewan tallied up $78,225 in fines over the month. 

According to a release from SGI, roughly five per cent of folks in the province who don’t wear seatbelts represented one-third of drivers or passengers who lost their lives in auto crashes. 20 drivers or passengers were killed in 2021 while not wearing a seatbelt.

Other results from January include:

  • 369 impaired driving offences, including 214 Criminal Code charges
  • 4,109 tickets for speeding and aggressive driving offences
  • 609 tickets issued for distracted driving, including 534 for using a cellphone