The province’s insurance corporation is doing more to catch vehicle offences across the province.
Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave announced Tuesday at the Legislature Saskatchewan Government Insurance has invested $2.3 million for 77 new automated license plate readers for law enforcement officers across the province.
The readers, said Hargrave, give the users a chance to scan vehicle plates for a variety of infractions.
“They’ll be able to pick up on drivers that are suspended, guys that are wanted by the police, guys that are even suspended for hunting,” noted Hargrave. “They’ll be even to pick up on those guys by their license plates.”
Hargrave said this initiative is steeped in road safety for all areas of Saskatchewan and by doing this, the lives of all, including the officers in command of the readers, will be safer as a result.
“It’s going to be a great tool for both of them,” he said. “Because they’re out on the highways all of the time. So it’s going to be a great tool for both the highway patrol officers and the conservation officers because it’s going to make their job safer and do a better job.”
136 devices, including the latest 77, have already been deployed, and Hargrave said officers are thankful for the devices, as it’s been a great aid to them thus far.