Saskatchewan has made headlines this past year for all the wrong reasons. The province with one of the worst impaired driving records in the entire country has recorded drunk driving crash after crash. Thankfully local lawmakers have stood up and noticed, because they’ve passed emergency legislation that’s going to change the way impaired driving is dealt with with in Saskatchewan.
Here are a few of the the key changes to the Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Act.
If you’re under the age of twenty one and you’re a Saskatchewan driver, this change is for you. If you’re stopped with any amount of alcohol in your system, even if you read .02 on a breathalyzer, you’ll lose your driver’s license for sixty days. This changes the law from zero tolerance for young drivers age nineteen and under and for all young drivers.
Any experienced driver who drives with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04 and is charged for the first time will have their vehicle seized for three days.
Ignition Interlock laws
Saskatchewan has an all offender ignition interlock law, but now those laws will be strengthened. If you have a BAC of .08 and .16 you’ll receive a one year ignition interlock program for your first offense, three years for your second, and ten years for three or more offenses. If you’re over .16 BAC or you refuse to submit a breathalyzer sample, you’ll receive two years with an ignition interlock for a first offense, five years for a second, and ten years for a third or more.
These changes will take place January 1st, 2017, and when they do Saskatchewan will be known for something other than its drunk driving crashes and impaired driving record: it will be known as the province with some of the harshest drunk driving laws in the entire country. After the lives lost there due to impaired driving, it’s about time.