Slow down, Saskatchewan!
More than 5,200 speeding tickets were issued in August. Although commercial vehicle safety was the traffic focus in August, speeders were over-represented, again.
Saskatchewan police issued 6,371* tickets last month. Of those, 5,232 were for speeding and 105 related to commercial vehicle safety, including tickets for exceeding weight and/or height, operating a vehicle with unsecured loads, and failing to maintain daily log books.
Police around the province also reported the following traffic offences in August:
- 475 tickets for no or inappropriate seatbelt or child car seat
- 260 tickets for failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- 243 impaired driving-related charges
- 56 tickets for driving while using a cellphone
When you add speed to the equation of already risky driving behaviour like running stop signs, driving impaired or while using a cellphone, or not wearing a seatbelt, the consequences can be even more catastrophic.
As speed increases on the road, damages could increase off the road. You will crash harder, roll faster and further, and receive more injuries. By reducing your speed, you give yourself more ways to find an alternative course of action and more time to react in order to avoid a potential collision. Even driving 10 km/h slower can make the difference between a close call and a fatal collision.
Learn more about commercial vehicle safety and speeding, or get more information about the Road Safety Challenge at www.sgi.sk.ca. Follow SGI on Facebook or Twitter for tips on how #wecandrivebetter.
* Includes all traffic safety focus results for August submitted by police as of September 21, 2015.