According to SGI police have handed out 1,300 sanctions in the first month after the province instituted stricter traffic laws.

The new laws took effect on June 27, 2014 and include tougher penalties for impaired driving, longer licence suspensions and vehicle seizures.

From June 27 to July 31 police handed out the following penalties:

  • 515 suspensions for impaired driving
  • 352 impaired driving vehicle seizures
  • 280 unauthorized driver vehicle seizures
  • 153 high-risk driver vehicle seizures, including seizures for stunting, exceeding the speed limit and driving an unregistered vehicles

“What is most frustrating is the high number of penalties related to impaired driving,” said Andrew Cartmell, president and CEO of SGI in a release on Friday. “(But) thanks to new vehicle seizure laws, drivers that don’t plan a safe ride home and choose to drive while impaired can now be removed from the road immediately.”

Preliminary data for 2013 shows 135 people were killed and 6,934 were hurt in roadway collisions in the province.