The Saskatchewan RCMP has released the results of a recent traffic blitz in the Lloydminster-North Battleford area, along with other locations in the midwest.
On the July 8th to 11th weekend, officers in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan Motorcycle Officers division were out on local roads and highways, checking for unsafe driving behaviours like being on the phone while driving, not using seatbelts, impaired driving and ignoring traffic signage or speeding.
Over those four days, the officers gave out 370 tickets. Among the top infractions were incorrect seatbelt usage at 98, 50 for speeding while passing an emergency vehicle and 35 for cell phone use.
The RCMP is also highlighting some specific stops as well. One of these stops happened in North Battleford, while a driver was leaving the city. They were seen going over 160 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone. After being pulled over, they were also allegedly found to have open liquor in the car.
This stop resulted in an immediate 120-day roadside suspension for the driver being over the legal limit, adding on to a 60-day suspension they’d received the day before for the same crime. The vehicle was towed and the person was fined $1,948.
In Lashburn, officers handed out two tickets to a driver in the span of six minutes. The driver was doing 133 KM/H in a 110 zone, and after getting their ticket, was then pulled over by another officer doing 93 in a 60. Their tickets totalled $710.
During the initiative, 279 warnings were given out, as a means of educating drivers on safe habits.