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#HeadsUp, teen drivers: A ticket you’ll want to get & a chance to win

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Putting down the phone, buckling up and driving safe and sober could earn teen drivers some serious “street cred” with a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card during National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct.15-21).

During the week, police will be rewarding teens demonstrating safe driving habits with “positive tickets.”
Teen drivers are invited to enter the social media contest #GetHomeSafeSK by liking, sharing and tagging two friends on SGI’s Teen Driver Safety Week posts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
The contest is open to all teens 15-19 in Saskatchewan, and entrants could win one of 10 $250 VISA gift card prizes. Winners will be determined by a random draw of all eligible entries.
“This is a fun way to reward and promote good driving habits,” said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice President of the Auto Fund. “We want to make sure teen drivers are following safe practices because they are over-represented when it comes to causing collisions and traffic deaths.”

In Saskatchewan in 2016, there were 8,573 collisions involving drivers between the ages of 16-19, and teen drivers were found to be at fault in 79 per cent of those collisions.
Teen drivers have higher fatality, injury and collision rates than drivers in other age ranges.  Although teen drivers represent just under seven per cent of drivers on the road, they are involved in*:
    •    13 per cent of collisions,
    •    18 per cent of major injury collisions, and
    •    15 per cent of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan.
    •    *Numbers include collisions where a teen driver was involved in the collision, whether or not they were at fault.
    •    SGI is committed to educating teen drivers and helping them stay safe on Saskatchewan roads. The Saskatchewan Graduated Drivers Licensing Program helps to ensure new drivers of any age learn and demonstrate safe driving behaviours before getting their Class 5 Driver’s Licence. Teens are eligible for the free program starting at age 15.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is organized by Parachute Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to injury prevention. For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week, and to see SGI’s full social media contest rules, visit www.sgi.sk.ca/teendrivers.

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