Saskatchewan police conducting cellphone blitz
Police around Saskatchewan are conducting a cellphone blitz for the next two days, looking for drivers who are violating the traffic safety act.
The two-day, province-wide blitz, dubbed Operation HandsFree, is a first for Saskatchewan and will involve all traffic enforcement units in the province. Both municipal police forces and RCMP are involved.
The penalty for using a hand-held cellphone or other electronic device while driving is $280.
Hands-free cellphones can be legally used by drivers, however.
According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance, last year there were almost 8,500 collisions in the province where "distracted driving" was a factor.