Saskatchewan drivers: Hang Up, Buckle Up - or pay up

Saskatchewan Government Insurance and police across the province have teamed up for what they are calling Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up.

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This just might be the incentive you need to put an end to that dangerous habit of using your cell phone while driving.

Distracted driving contributed to 60 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries. Improper seatbelt use contributed to 47 deaths, and almost 300 injuries. 

Saskatchewan Government Insurance and police across the province have teamed up for what they are calling Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up.

In a news release, SGI suggests that “law enforcement is watching for drivers using cellphones, as well as people not wearing a seatbelt, wearing one improperly or not having their children properly secured in the vehicle.”

Ignoring the law could lead to a hefty fine, or worse

Not wearing your seatbelt could result in a $175 ticket and losing three points off your license. Talking on your cellphone while driving could cost you $280. But it could be much worse.  

According to SGI, distracted driving, which includes cellphone use contributed to 60 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries in 2012. Improper seatbelt use contributed to 47 deaths, and almost 300 injuries.

Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up runs province-wide today and tomorrow.   

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