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RCMP lays more than 3,200 charges during week-long traffic safety blitz

The traffic safety blitz was part of Canada Road Safety Week from May 14 to 20

Saskatchewan RCMP laid more than 3,200 charges during a week-long safety blitz, with most charges laid due to speeding and/or aggressive driving.

May 14 to 20 was Canada Road Safety Week and officers increased patrols and checkstops across the province, according to an RCMP news release. Police focused on issues such as impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and seat belt enforcement.

Saskatchewan RCMP made contact with 14,423 motorists. More than 3,200 charges were laid, including:

  • 63 charges for alcohol impairment
  • One charge for drug impairment
  • 2,045 charges for speeding and/or aggressive driving
  • 131 charges for distracted driving, including using an electronic device
  • 141 charges for seat belt violations

There were also 1,802 warnings and 329 inspection notices issued.

Victoria Day long weekend

The following is a breakdown of the charges that specifically occurred during the May long weekend from May 17 to 20:

  • 54 charges laid for alcohol impairment
  • One charge laid for drug impairment
  • 1,416 charges laid for speeding and/or aggressive driving
  • 61 charges laid for distracted driving, including the use of electronic devices
  • 89 charges laid for seat belt violations

“While Canada Road Safety Week is one opportunity for us to highlight the targeted enforcement initiatives that we conduct, it’s important to note that traffic safety remains one of our day-to-day priorities,” said the RCMP news release.

“With summer just around the corner, please ensure you’re getting where you need to go safely. Slow down, be aware, stay safe.”

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