I read the results of a study that says drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who don’t. The fine for distracted driving in Saskatchewan, meaning holding, using, manipulating, or viewing a cellphone while driving, is $280 and 4 demerit points. The second and subsequent offences within a one year period will result in a 7-day vehicle impoundment. Head west over the Rockies to B.C.. Not only are they paying more to gas up their vehicles plus have the threat of gas prices shooting up even higher if Alberta and Saskatchewan follow through on threats to curtail oil exports to that province, but fines for distracted driving are higher, much higher for repeat offenders. And out west there are more behaviors that count as fineable offences such as eating while driving, driving with a pet on your lap, or driving with two earbuds. First time offenders are fined $543 and are dinged 4 points. A driver caught twice within a three year period faces up to $2,000 in fines as well as points and additional offences could mean a revoked licence for 3 months up to a year. Now, aren’t you glad you live in Saskatchewan?
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.