It was a record month for distracted drivers in the province.
Police in Saskatchewan handed out 636 distracted driving tickets in November — the most ever for a single month.
Of those, 554 were cellphone-related.
In a news release Tuesday, SGI said distracted driving is the number one cause of collisions and injuries on Saskatchewan roads and carries a $280 fine.
The traffic spotlight was on drivers who were driving with suspended or no valid insurance.
Over the month police noted:
- 302 offences for driving while suspended or disqualified
- 519 tickets for operating a motor vehicle or trailer without a valid registration
- 345 tickets for driving without a valid licence or failing to abide by licence restrictions
- Police cars are outfitted with automatic licence plate readers, which make it easier to quickly and efficiently identify unauthorized drivers and vehicles.
SGI noted that a driver saying they are on their way to renew their plates isn’t a valid excuse because of how easy it is to pay online.
There is a $580 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle and subsequent offences within 12 months can lead to vehicle seizures for seven days.
Driving while suspended also carries potential Criminal Code charges, fines, jail time and a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure.
Other results from November include:
- 209 drunk driving related offences (including 202 Criminal Code charges)
- 334 tickets for seatbelt and child safety seat infractions
- 3,741 speeding tickets