Traffic safety and driver awareness was the goal for officers participating in a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) initiative hosted by the Prince Albert Police Service this month.
Officers from various police agencies across the province and the RCMP participated in the annual STEP blitz between August 19 and 20, checking both private and commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with traffic safety regulations. Over the course of two days, police members were able to meet and talk with nearly 700 drivers and residents in Prince Albert to promote safe driving habits.
Nearly 300 tickets were issued over the two-day event for infractions including fail to stop and failure to wear a seat belt. The majority of tickets issued were for speeding (127), lack of seat belts (54), and use of a cell phone/undue care and attention while driving (28).
Police also handed out 394 warnings to drivers about various vehicle equipment regulations and policies under the Traffic Safety Act.
One person was arrested for impaired driving.
The STEP initiative is an annual event that partners Saskatchewan law enforcement agencies and Saskatchewan Government Insurance Agency (SGI) to promote traffic safety. The project is aimed at awareness, improving road safety and reducing injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan roads.