It was a busy week on Saskatchewan’s highways. Members of RCMP Detachments and Combined Traffic Safety Services (CTSS) were out on the roadways of Saskatchewan looking for the big four traffic offences – aggressive driving, seatbelt use, distracted driving, and excessive speeds.
Even with winter driving conditions and reduced visibility due to fog or snow, there were still several vehicles travelling in a dangerous manner. Some of the more notable vehicle stops were:
In Waskesiu, a vehicle was stopped driving 151 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 2 near Montreal Lake. The driver stated they were late to pick up a family member, fined $809.
On Highway 5 near Peterson, a truck was stopped travelling 154 km/h. The truck was also not registered and had window tinting on the front side windows. The driver was issued $1423 in fines as result.
In Wadena, a driver was stopped after driving over sidewalk curbs at 3:00 am, arrested for impaired driving.
Members from the Craik RCMP stopped a vehicle travelling on highway 11 at 157 km/h. After investigation, the driver was charged with Impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
During a traffic stop in Saskatoon, a driver gave a false name and admitted to possessing drugs in the vehicle. A subsequent vehicle search resulted in the seizure of controlled substances and weapons. The driver was charged with Possession Schedule I (x2), Resists/Obstructs Peace Officer, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Drive without Valid Driver’s License, Operate Motor Vehicle without Certificate of Registration, and weapons-related Criminal Code charges (x4)
Here are the total number of charges laid in F Division from Dec 1 to the 7th.
– 44 Impaired Driving (alcohol) charges
– 3 Impaired Driving (drug) charges
– 6 Driver’s License Suspensions, alcohol-related (low impairment)
– 3 Driver’s License Suspension, drug-related
– 951 Speeding and/or Stunt Driving Charges
– 3 Follow Too Close Charge
– 4 Unsafe Lane Change Charge
– 1 Pass on the Right Charge
– 1 Fail to Yield charge
– 37 Distracted Driving (Cellphone-use) Charges
– 16 Careless Driving Charges
– 77 Seatbelt Charges
– 78 Other Criminal Code charges
– 505 Other Provincial Traffic Charges
TOTAL: 1727 Charges
– 858 Warnings
– 215 Vehicle Inspection Notices
With the winter holidays quickly approaching, there will be more and more people on the road. Remember to slow down, do not drink and drive, and keep alert. Keeping each other safe on the roads is the best gift we can offer each other in this holiday season.