Distracted driving legislation has come to Saskatchewan. Any driver’s on Saskatchewan’s roads who are caught using their hand-held cellphones to text, email, talk or surf the net, face a potential consequence of a fine of $280.00 (which includes a victims’ surcharge of $60.00) and a penalty of four (4) demerit points.
Saskatchewan’s cell phone legislation comes into effect January 1, 2010.
Distracted driving legislation with similar rules and laws have already been passed in other Provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia have passed legislation, each Province with its’ own penalties involving different levels of monetary fines and the accumulation of demerit points upon conviction. BC”s distracted driving legislation comes into effect on January 1, 2010 at the same time as Saskatchewan’s.
Those driver’s with experience (who don’t fall under Saskatchewan’s Graduated Driver’s Licencing Program) will still be allowed to use hands-free devices to make or receive phone calls.
In addition to the cellphone ban, legislation for the new one-part, five-year driver’s licence and identification card was also passed. SGI customers will receive their new one-part licence starting Jan. 1, 2011, when they renew their expired two-part driver’s licence.