City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan
Distracted Driving targeted in October blitz for Community Safety Officers
October is Distracted Driving Month in Saskatchewan
September 28th 2022

Put down the phone; pay attention to the road; get to your destination safely. Those are the messages the City’s Community Safety Officers (CSOs) will be conveying during an October enforcement and education blitz about the dangers of distracted driving.

CSO Unit Commander Jerry Koliniak worked with SGI and Lash-Berg Towing on a display to give drivers a visual perspective of the extent of damage distracted driving can do to a vehicle – and its occupants – after a crash occurs.

“SGI donated a totaled car to us that Lash-Berg strapped to a trailer, which we will be hauling to different schools and areas in the region,” commented Koliniak.

“The reality is that so many accidents, including fatalities, happen while vehicle operators, not just young people, are on their phones and not paying attention to their driving.”

Koliniak said that while enhanced enforcement efforts for distracted driving laws will be a priority for October, the real goal of the initiative is education and prevention. “We would rather educate people about the very real dangers of distracted driving and prevent people from driving while distracted before a serious incident occurs. Effective prevention can potentially save lives.”

“Distracted driving” does not just include cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle – it also includes eating, using GPS, reading, and personal grooming – actions which can yield a ticket for the driver, along with hefty fines.

The penalties for using a cell phone (holding, using, viewing, or manipulating) while driving are as follows:
 1st Offence - $580 ticket & 4 demerit points under the Safe Driver Recognition/Driver Improvement Programs.
 2nd Offence within a year of being convicted of the 1st - $1400 ticket & an additional 4 demerit points, plus an immediate, 7-day vehicle seizure.
 3rd Offence within a year of being convicted of the 1st - $2100 ticket, 4 more demerit points, and another 7-day vehicle seizure.

Penalties for “driving without due care and attention” tickets are the same as above.

The schedule for the Distracted Driving Campaign stops is below:
Oct 3 – Jean-Paul II Collegiate School
Oct 4 – North Battleford Comprehensive High School
Oct 5 – Sakawew High School
Oct 6 – Frontier Mall (front parking lot)
Oct 7 – Access Communications Centre (7:30pm, dirt parking lot – North Stars Hockey Game)

Oct 11 – Discovery Co-op Mall
Oct 12 – Sobey’s off Territorial Drive
Oct 13 – McDonalds (East location)
Oct 14 – Tim Hortons (East location)

Oct 17 – SLGA Liquor Store on 101st
Oct 18 – Little Caesars
Oct 19 – NationsWEST Field House Parking Lot
Oct 20 – Walmart
Oct 21 – Downtown, across from City Hall on 101st

For the week of Oct 24-28, the display will move to the Town of Battleford as City CSOs work on this community safety initiative and awareness campaign with our regional partners. Battlefords Citizens on Patrol are also supporting the campaign as they assist in crime prevention and reporting.


For more information:
Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator
306-441-0713 |

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