By CRM Staff
Regina, Saskatchewan -- May 1, 2018 -- During the month of March, the Saskatchewan police force embarked on another Traffic Safety Spotlight to catch distracted drivers in the act.
Tactics police used included travelling in unmarked vehicles, standing plain-clothed on sidewalks and observing traffic flow from elevated vantage points. The initiative resulted in 711 distracted driving charges – 583 of which were the result of cellphone use – setting a Traffic Safety Spotlight record for the highest number of tickets reported in a single month.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of all traffic collisions. SGI reports that in 2016, distracted driving “was a factor in nearly 8,300 collisions contributing to the deaths of 42 people and more than 1,200 injuries.”
While these stats may be frustrating for the distracted drivers who would rather spend their money on anything other than a traffic violation, these kinds of infractions likely represent a large portion of the minor and major repairs collision repair facilities receive.