Road Safety

There are many rules that must be followed when you are driving. For example, you must:

Never drive when you are distracted. You could be distracted by eating, changing music, texting or putting on makeup. Avoid driving when you are upset or overtired. Do not be impatient behind the wheel.

Winter Driving

Winter in Saskatchewan brings icy roads, poor visibility and snow ruts.  Some days even a quick trip to the corner store can be a challenge. For safe winter driving remember:

Drugs, Alcohol and Driving

It is a serious crime to drive when your ability to drive is affected by alcohol or drugs. The amount of alcohol or drugs you have used does not matter. If you are not safe to drive you can be charged. For new drivers and anyone 21 or under, any amount of drugs or alcohol is illegal even if it does not affect their ability to drive.

The police can test you if they think you have been using drugs or drinking alcohol. They can test your ability to keep your balance, follow movement of an object and follow instructions. If you fail these tests they can require a blood, saliva or urine sample to test for drugs and alcohol.

There are also legal limits for the amount of alcohol that can be in your system. It is a crime to drive when your blood alcohol level is higher than the allowed limit, regardless of whether you can still drive safely or not. New drivers and anyone 21 or under cannot have any alcohol or drugs in their system. Experienced drivers must have a level below .04.

Police have a number of ways to check if people are over the legal limit for alcohol. They can use a roadside breath test that gives a pass or fail reading depending on whether the person is over the limit. They can use a breathalyzer that gives an exact blood alcohol level.

If you drive while impaired or over the legal limit there are serious consequences. These include losing your licence for a period of time, fines and possibly jail time.

Published on October 21, 2016.

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