December 1 to 7 marked Canada Safe Driving week, and Saskatchewan RCMP recently shared their results from checking 2470 vehicles.

Saskatchewan RCMP detachments partnered together with Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) police officers to enforce road safety. 

Officers across the province issued a number of warnings, charges, and suspensions:

  • 1,586 warnings issued to motorists;
  • 604 speeding charges laid;
  • 125 vehicle defect inspection notices issued;
  • 100 distracted driving cellphone charges laid;
  • 73 people were charged for seatbelt misuse;
  • 69 invalid vehicle registrations charges laid;
  • 27 invalid driver’s license charges laid;
  • 17 roadside suspensions issued (9 alcohol-related, 8 drug-related);
  • 17 driving while disqualified, suspended or prohibited charges laid;
  • five impaired (alcohol) driving charges laid;
  • five charges for driving a vehicle with open alcohol or unsealed cannabis.

During Canada Safe Driving Week, Saskatchewan RCMP were also busy with National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day which landed on December 3. 

There was a total of 43 checkpoints across the province that day and 1755 vehicles checked, resulting in 13 Criminal Code impaired charges were laid (alcohol-related), 11 roadside suspensions for below Criminal Code impairment, (also alcohol-related) and four roadside suspensions for below Criminal Code impairment, (drug-related).

Sergeant Garnet Waldbauer is part of the RCMP’s Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) Unit.

“We want to thank the public for continuing to report suspected impaired drivers; we make every effort to locate them," Waldbauer said in a written release. "One call is all it takes to help increase road safety in your community.”