GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES LEGISLATION IN SUPPORT OF TRAFFIC SAFETY ACTION PLAN

The government is fulfilling its commitment to address fatalities on Saskatchewan roads by introducing legislation focusing on traffic safety improvements. Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance Donna Harpauer introduced the amendments to The Traffic Safety Act today in the Legislative Assembly.

These amendments will strengthen penalties for impaired driving, enable a photo radar pilot project at high-risk locations and in school zones around the province, and make booster seats mandatory for children under the age of seven who fall within the prescribed height and weight guidelines.

Most significant are changes to address the high rate of impaired driving in the province, including longer suspensions, vehicle impoundments and mandatory ignition interlock requirements.

“Drinking and driving is a lethal combination, one that causes far too many deaths in our province,” Harpauer said. “With the new laws being put into place, Saskatchewan will have one of the toughest packages of impaired driving legislation in Canada.”

In addition to the changes made in support of the government’s Traffic Safety Action Plan, amendments are also being introduced to strengthen harmonization under the New West Partnership Agreement and align safety monitoring practices for commercial carriers with other jurisdictions. These changes include moving authority for commercial carrier safety monitoring from the Highway Traffic Board to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Legislative changes will also allow SGI to publicly release commercial carrier safety information, similar to other Canadian jurisdictions.

The legislation is anticipated to be passed in the 2014 spring legislative sitting.

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For more information, contact:

Kelley Brinkworth
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Regina
Phone: 306-751-1837
Email: kbrinkworth@sgi.sk.ca
Cell: 306-535-6207

http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=bc70a124-f5c7-42fd-a950-12ed06750d2a

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