October was a record month for police in Saskatchewan, according to SGI.
They handed out 793 distracted driving tickets, 86 per cent of which were for drivers on their cellphones.
The motor licence issuer says it’s the highest number of distracted driving offences “in a single month in the history of Traffic Safety Spotlights.”
A press release from SGI said that “despite the strong enforcement by police – and despite the $280 fine, four demerits under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition program, and one-week vehicle seizures for a second cellphone ticket within a year – these record numbers show that there are still a lot of drivers paying attention to something other than the safe operation of their vehicle.”
SGI says that distracted driving is still the number one human factor of all traffic collisions, affecting more than 6,000 crashes last year and contributing to the deaths of 26 people.
It advises drivers to leave their phones in their purses, gloveboxes, backseats or even trunks to avoid the temptation to use it.
Other traffic numbers from SGI for October include 6,892 tickets for speeding or aggressive driving, 318 impaired driving offences (including 279 Criminal Code charges) and 394 tickets for seatbelt or car seat issues.