Fewer people were killed and injured on Saskatchewan’s roads after changes were made to toughen penalties for risky driving last summer.
SGI also started an awareness campaign at around the same time encouraging those behind the wheel to “drive better”. The Crown corporation reports fewer people have been killed in impaired driving, distracted driving and speed-related collisions in Saskatchewan. It reports the number of impaired driving roadside suspensions and unauthorized driver vehicle seizures has dropped too.
On average, in the four years prior, 158 people are killed and nearly 6,900 injuries were reported in traffic collisions each year in this province.
With those numbers expected to rise, the provincial government started the campaign “The Saskatchewan Road Safety Challenge” in May 2014. Traffic laws were changed to toughen penalties in late June 2014.
Now, the numbers show 128 people died on Saskatchewan’s roads while 5,600 injuries were reported. Those numbers were recorded between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
SGI says they could rise slightly as investigations are completed.