The Government of Saskatchewan and SGI have purchased two new police motorcycles for Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS).
The motorcycles are being used by the Regina Police Service’s CTSS unit. The total cost to purchase the two motorcycles was $110,000, split equally by SGI and the provincial Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.
“Motorcycles allow the officer to get close to the vehicle and, with the higher vantage point, visually confirm a driver is on their phone or not wearing a seatbelt,” said Sgt. Ian Barr, head of the Regina Police CTSS. “This will enhance our officers’ effectiveness in deterring these unsafe behaviours and preventing injuries and deaths.”
“Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto crashes and the Government of Saskatchewan, along with SGI, are pleased to support CTSS efforts to tackle this persistent road safety concern,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Don Morgan. “Reducing unsafe driving behaviours through more effective enforcement will make Saskatchewan roads safer for everyone.”
There are other police motorcycles already in use in Saskatchewan. The RCMP’s CTSS unit has a six-motorcycle squad, and Saskatoon Police Service has two motorcycles. SGI stated the RCMP’s motorcycle squad issued nearly 4,000 tickets in 2021, 28 percent of which were given to drivers using their phones while driving.