SGI November focus on suspended drivers and unregistered vehicles

Published: November 7, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) says its monthly focus subject for the month of November is on suspended drivers and unregistered vehicles. Provincial police will be using automated license plate readers to find offenders.

SGI funded authorities to help them equip their vehicles to find suspended drivers and unregistered vehicles. The funding has allowed police cars to be equipped with the technology over the last two years.

“People don’t get suspended without cause,” said Auto Fund executive vice-president Earl Cameron in a press release. “They may have their driving privileges revoked due to impaired driving or other dangerous driving behaviours.”

The provincial police force says drivers involved in collisions without auto insurance harm the finances of the province because SGI is a Crown corporation.

“Obviously if I don’t have insurance and I [hit] somebody and it’s going to cost SGI hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay everything out, that money’s got to come from somewhere,” Regina Police Service traffic safety unit Const. Curtis Warnar said.

SGI says offending drivers without auto insurance or those operating an unregistered vehicle can be a financial burden on all involved.

“You could be potentially on the hook for thousands of dollars in costs resulting from that collision,” SGI spokesman Tyler McMurchy told CBC.

In a report by CBC, the outlet says there are more than 50,000 drivers in Saskatchewan who are suspended.