SGI has announced their traffic safety spotlight for the month of November.
Police and RCMP will be on the look out for suspended drivers and expired licence plates.
Tyler McMurchy, Manager of Media Relations with SGI, says this is a big problem in the province.
“In 2016, there were 1,800 drivers who were convicted of criminal code charges for driving while disqualified,” McMurchy says. “Over the past five years, we average, every year, more than 9,000 vehicles that are flagged for driving with plates that are not valid.”
McMurchy says it can be fairly costly to drive with a suspended licence or expired plate.
“The fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, is $580, and thee’s also one demerit point,” McMurchy says. “The consequences for driving while disqualified can be much more serious, including criminal code charges, that includes fines, jail time, (and) vehicle impoundment.”
To help catch suspended drivers and expired plates, SGI has funded 59 automated licence plate readers for police and RCMP services across the province.
McMurchy says the plate readers are able to scan plates and watch for a number of crimes related to the driver of the vehicle.
“What they do is as the police officer is driving around, they automatically scan plates, they cross-reference it with the SGI database, and other databases, and see if there are any flags on that licence plate,” McMurchy says. “For example if the car is unregistered, if the owner or somebody associated with that vehicle is suspended from driving, (or) if there’s an amber alert.”
The #DoNotRiskIt is being used for SGI to get the message out there for people to avoid driving with suspended licences and expired plates.
According to Cst. Curtis Warner, the automated licence plate readers are already in full effect.