About the Program
Saskatchewan

Alcohol-related crashes

Fatalities

2006 - 49
2007 - 54
2008 - 74
2009 - 63
2010 - 68

Drivers in serious injury alcohol-related crashes

2006 - 136
2007 - 151
2008 - 180
2009 - 146
2010 - 142

Legislation Blood alcohol concentration limits

Criminal BAC limit: 0.08%
Administrative BAC limit: 0.04%
Graduated Licence limit: 0.00%

Provincial administrative licence suspension
1st offence: 1 year 2nd offence: 3 years 3rd+ offence: 5 years
Remedial program

Every offender convicted of impaired driving in Saskatchewan is required to complete an addiction screening with a drug and alcohol counsellor. If the screening shows no dependency issues, the offender will then be required to complete the Drive Without Impairment (DWI) program. The program is administered by the SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance) Driver Licensing and Vehicle Registration and the cost is $150.

The DWI program, which takes approximately 16 hours to complete, is designed to educate offenders about the serious nature of drinking and driving and provides them with strategies on how to separate drinking from driving. Offenders are required to successfully complete this course in order to have their licence reinstated.

If the addiction screening reveals that there is substance dependency, the offender will then be mandated to complete an individualized recovery program. A specific treatment plan that meets the individual’s needs will be developed and will include weekly individual or group counselling as well as self-help group participation (e.g., AA) and possibly a stay at an in-patient treatment facility. Similarly, those offenders convicted of a second or subsequent impaired driving offence may also stay a minimum of 14 days in the Saskatchewan Impaired Driver Treatment Centre (SIDTC) in lieu of jail time. The recovery program is considered complete when the offender is classified as low risk to repeat alcohol/drug-related problem behaviour.
Alcohol interlock program
Program authority
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Eligibility

Voluntary after minimum period of driving prohibition for both first and repeat offenders.

Length of participation

1st offence: 1 year
2nd offence: 2 years
3rd or subsequent offence: 3 years

Monitoring agency
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Sanctions for non-compliance
Violations can lead to an extension of the program participation or removal of the offender from the alcohol interlock program.
Contact

Saskatchewan Government Insurance Phone: 306-775-6900 (in Regina)
1-800-667-9868
Email: sgiinquiries@sgi.sk.ca

Last updated February 2014

 

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