Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Legislative Committee to Review Safety after Deadly Year on Roads

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Legislative Committee to Review Safety after Deadly Year on Roads

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Government committee to review road safety

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REGINA - A new committee is to look at ways to improve traffic safety after a deadly year on Saskatchewan roads.

A motion passed in the legislature Tuesday that creates the committee with five government and two opposition politicians.

"The first thing we want to look at is the fatalities, what's causing the fatalities," said MLA Darryl Hickie, legislative secretary to the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, or SGI.

"We see it for various reasons -- impaired driving, distracted driving, some related to speed ... wildlife concerns ... intersection safety -- so we want to see what's causing these fatalities to rise."

Hickie said there will be public consultations throughout the province and input from experts. A final report is due by Aug. 30.

He said everything is on the table, but ideas could include better marketing and education or changes to legislation.

A law that bans motorists from using hand-held cellphones to talk, text, email or surf the Internet while driving took effect Jan. …

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