SGI is reporting 102 traffic fatalities in 2017.
That number is the lowest since 1954, something SGI says is impressive considering there are three times the amount of cars on the roads now.
Minister responsible Joe Hargrave says awareness campaigns will continue to spread the message to Saskatchewan residents.
“The campaign’s will continue to come. The awareness campaigns about drugs, that’s coming. The awareness campaign about alcohol, the awareness campaign on your seat-belt; it’s amazing how many people still don’t wear their seat-belt, and I can’t believe it,” Hargrave says. “But there’s still people that don’t wear their seat-belt, and so we’re going to continue on with those awareness campaigns. If anything we are going to enhance them.”
SGI reported 125 total traffic deaths in 2016.
Minister Hargrave says he is giving young people credit for being the change they want to see.
“I feel a lot of the younger people in this province are that new generation; are thinking more about designated drivers. When I was young, no one ever thought of that,” Hargrave says. “Now, I see young people taking more care, saying ‘I’m the designated driver tonight,’ and I see that all the time. I think that’s great, I think that’s the generation that’s going to make a difference.”
Hargrave later added one death on Saskatchewan roads was too many, and more can be done so that numbers can be lower for 2018 as well.