New traffic laws in time for Canada Day

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New traffic laws take effect in the province on Friday, tackling specific issues that could result in immediate car seizures if broken.

The new laws will have tougher consequences for impaired driving, including longer licence suspensions, car impoundment ranging from three to 60 days and mandatory ignition interlock in some cases.

Impoundment will also occur for distracted driving offences, for seven days on a second or subsequent offence for cellphone use while driving and seven days on a third of subsequent offence for all other forms of distracted driving. 

Mandatory booster seats will also be required for children under seven years old. 

Seven day vehicle siezures will also occur for excessive speeding along with demerit points. 

The new laws are supported by the two new Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units. 

"If we just look at the very high number of fatalities we had in 2012, 183 people were killed on Saskatchewan roads and highways," said Kelley Brinkworth, manager for media relations at SGI. 

"That's what kind of spurred the committee and the recommendations.

Last year, 134 people were killed and 6,762 were injured in vehicle collisions in the province. 

"This is to increase safety on our roads and try to bring the number of crashes down," said Brinkworth. 

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