Some troubling numbers have surfaced again from SGI.
The statistics from June’s traffic safety spotlight was aimed at young drivers and motorcyclists, but Tyler McMurchy, the media relations manager for the Crown says higher-than-acceptable impaired driving numbers have gotten in the way.
“When you see 376 people still getting charged with impaired driving-related charges in a single month, that is a very high number and we want that to change.” McMurchy said.
He says seeing the June statistics should concern every driver in Saskatchewan.
“Those numbers for impaired driving are quite high,” McMurchy said. “Impaired driving in 100-percent preventable and there is absolutely no good reason to get behind the wheel of a car if you have been drinking or if you are impaired by any kind of a drug.”
McMurchy says June’s SGI traffic safety spotlight was to have shone the light on Saskatchewan’s young drivers.
He says 88 tickets were issued to new drivers and new motorcyclists in June.
“What we do know is young drivers are over-represented when it comes to collisions,” McMurchy said. “Between 2011 and 2015, drivers 19-years of age and younger represented 7-percent of the driving population – but 11-percent of all collisions.”
McMurchy says police also issued close 48-hundred tickets for aggressive driving and speeding