June 17, 2014 12:30 pm

Police nab 117 impaired drivers during SGI May traffic blitz

Police across Saskatchewan nab 117 impaired drivers during the SGI May traffic safety blitz.

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REGINA – Police handed out 117 impaired driving tickets during SGI’s May traffic safety blitz that focused on targeting drunk drivers.

Of those tickets, 37 were administrative offences resulting in24-hour and 30-day license suspensions, while 80 were Criminal Code offenses for being over .08 blood alcohol content, impaired driving or refusing to provide a breath sample.

In 2012, 67 people were killed and over 700 injured in collisions involving impaired drivers.

New laws coming into effect on June 27 will see penalties increase for impaired driving convictions, including longer suspensions, vehicle seizures and mandatory ignition locks.

Police also handed out 2,148 tickets for aggressive driving including speeding, 310 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use, and 158 tickets for distracted driving including 104 for cellphone use.

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