Saskatchewan now has some of the toughest laws in Canada, when it comes to impaired and distracted driving.
Beginning at Midnight New Years Day, there is now zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol for all drivers 21 and under.
Experienced drivers who are charged with having a blood alcohol content over .04, will now also face a three day vehicle suspension.
The old law of it being illegal to “use” a cellphone while driving, has now been expanded to include “holding”, “using”, “viewing and manipulating” .
If a cellphone is is mounted to the dash, clipped to the visor or in a cradle, it’s considered hands-free and is okay for an experienced driver to use, provided they can access it with one touch of a button or voice commands.
While experienced drivers can use hand-held devices legally, new drivers can not.
Ignition interlock laws are also now the strongest in the nation.
With it now being mandatory for an ignition interlock to be installed for drivers who register a blood alcohol content of .16 or greater, or for those who refuse to give a breath test.
In 2015 there were nearly 1,200 impaired driving collisions in Saskatchewan, taking the lives of 54 people, and injuring 580 more.