July is statistically the month with the highest number of impaired driving deaths in Saskatchewan. 

SGI is reminding residents to find a safe ride this summer, whether that be calling a friend or family member, getting a taxi, or staying the night at someone’s house. 

“Nearly seven people a month lose their lives every July on average in Saskatchewan, and another 39 people are injured as a result of impaired driving,” explained Tyler McMurchy, manager of media relations with SGI. 

There is zero tolerance for driving impaired by alcohol for anyone classified as a new driver, and the legal limit for an experienced driver is a BAC below 0.04. 

McMurchy spoke about the consequences of driving after consuming alcohol. “You’re looking at at least a three-day licence suspension, a three-day vehicle impoundment, a requirement to take a weekend class, and four demerits.” 

He added that, depending on the degree of impairment, there could also be criminal charges.  

There is zero tolerance for all drivers when it comes to driving impaired by cannabis. “Roadside swabs are calibrated to determine recent use, which means 25 nanograms per milliliter of oral fluid,” explained McMurchy.  

“The Federal Criminal Code limit is actually 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood, measured via a blood test.” 

Police do have to have a reason to demand an oral swab test for cannabis, but roadside tests for alcohol can be requested by an officer at any traffic stop.