We’ve had plenty of warning about new, stiffer penalties for distracted driving in Saskatchewan. But Saturday is the day they take effect.
As of February 1, driving distracted will cost people a lot more in Saskatchewan with a $580 fine and four demerit points for a first offence.
It’s $1,400, four points and a seven-day vehicle seizure for a second conviction within a year of your first offence. If there’s a third conviction, the driver will face a $2,100 fine with more points and a seizure.
SGI says the number of people being caught in the past few months is trending down, but spokesman Tyler McMurchy isn’t willing to say if the new penalties are a factor.
“We saw a significant drop in November and another in December with 544 distracted driving offences,” said McMurchy. “That includes 408 tickets for cell phone use.”
McMurchy also hopes that downward trend continues.