Fewer people were killed on Saskatchewan roads in 2019 than in any single year since records started being kept in the 1950s. Additionally, deaths on Saskatchewan roads due to impaired driving are the lowest in recorded history.
The Saskatchewan Party government has seen progress with regards to our commitment to reduce impaired driving in the province through various legislative changes including:
- Increased the age of zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol from all drivers 19 and under to all drivers 21 and under;
- 3-day vehicle seizures for experienced drivers for first time low-BAC offences (.04-.08);
- Drug-impaired drivers face the same sanctions as alcohol-impaired drivers; and
- Zero drug and alcohol tolerance for drivers less than 19 years of age, and for all drivers in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program and Motorcycle GDL program.
Ride-sharing was brought into Saskatchewan in order to give citizens more options to find a safe ride home.
Saskatchewan has some of the toughest distracted driving laws in order to crack down on drivers not paying attention on the roads.
The Saskatchewan Party government also introduced. mandatory standardized training requirements for commercial truck drivers. These changes will require more training for truck drivers in order to increase safety on our highways.
We are in the second year of a five year $65 million Enhanced Intersection Safety Program in addition to a $7 million Safety Improvement Program. These programs have funded over 700 sight triangle improvements, new guard rails, rumble strips and lighting. Preliminary data from SGI showed a 75% reduction in collisions on Highway 1 east since the Regina Bypass opened.
The Saskatchewan Party government remains committed to ensuring safety on province's highways for our drivers and citizens.