As the province is strengthening impaired driving laws, it’s also amending its approach to distracted driving.
A number of court challenges saw drivers successfully argue they were simply holding their cell phones and not using them.
Along with tougher penalties for impaired drivers, the government will also be closing loopholes when it comes to distracted driving.
Legislation will be changed to ban holding, viewing, using or manipulating a cell phone while driving.
But will such changes be making a difference?
Saskatchewan has the highest rate of drunk driving in the country.
And just one hour at one of the busiest intersections in Regina’s downtown, Saskatchewan Drive and Albert Street, saw some surprising results.
Six drivers were talking on cell phones and 14 were seen looking at their lap or empty passenger seat while stopped at the red light.
Several were reaching for or using GPS devices while driving.
Are both distracted driving?
SGI confirmed experienced drivers can, through voice command or a one-touch system, use their cell phone if mounted in a hands-free device, much like a GPS would be.
This doesn’t apply to those new drivers in the graduated license program.
— SGI (@SGItweets) November 2, 2016