February 1, 2016 8:40pm
The fine for those caught using their mobile device while driving — talking, texting or accessing the internet — in Saskatchewan is $280 and four demerit points. In October, Saskatchewan police initiated a campaign called ‘Heads Up’ with a goal to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving, but still ended the month with a sharp increase in the number of tickets issued.
This month, the Saskatchewan police are on the prowl and will be targeting distracted drivers disobeying the law. The Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) states that the police will not only issue tickets if caught, but repeat offenders will have their vehicles seized.
In a statement to MobileSyrup, Earl Cameron, vice president of Auto Fund, said, “The only thing you should be doing behind the wheel is driving. It only takes a second for the unthinkable to happen – focus your attention on the task of driving to help keep everyone on the road safe.”
In 2014, a total of 3,900 distracted driving accident occurred in Canada, injuring over 700 and killing 27 people.