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

There are legal limits for the amount of alcohol or drugs that can be in your system. It is against the law to drive when your blood alcohol level is higher than the allowed limit. New drivers and anyone 21 or under cannot have any alcohol or drugs in their system. Experienced drivers must have alcohol level below .04 and no drugs in their system.  

Being above these limits is a traffic safety offence that can result in your licence being suspended and your vehicle being impounded. They are other consequences as well such as being required to take impaired driving education and losing safe driver recognition points.

It is a 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. It is also a crime to drive over the limit for alcohol or drugs set in the Criminal Code. It is a crime to drive with an alcohol level over .08 or with a blood level over the limit for any drug. Different drugs have different limits and for many drugs having any amount of them in your system when you are driving is a crime. These crimes have serious consequences including fines and, if it is not your first offence, jail time.

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.

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