New Years Day will be the beginning of tougher laws for those caught drinking and driving and texting while driving in the province.
“Experienced drivers who are charged for the first time with having a blood-alcohol content over .04 will have their vehicle seized for three days, there are also some changes being made to ignition interlock laws here in Saskatchewan, those will be the strongest in Canada with those changes” said SGI’s Kelley Brinkworth.
It will also be mandatory for drivers who register a blood-alcohol content over .16 or refuse to provide a breath sample to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle.
There will also be zero tolerance for for drugs and alcohol for all drivers under the age of 21.
SGI says the distracted driving law is also expanding, from “using” a cellphone while driving, to “holding, viewing, using or manipulating” a cellphone while driving.
“The current law states that you can’t use a cellphone while driving, and that law is being expanded to include holding, viewing, using or manipulating a cellphone while driving” said Brinkworth.
In 2015 there was 54 deaths and 580 injuries in Saskatchewan, related to impaired driving.