Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan Receives National Award
Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) was awarded the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators' Road Safety Award (CCMTA), which recognizes strategies aimed at reducing injury and death on Canada's roads. The award was presented on June 18, 2021.
The award is bestowed annually to initiatives that demonstrate unique or creative attempts to advance road safety.
CTSS is a province-wide traffic enforcement unit consisting of members from the RCMP and municipal police services. CTSS was established in 2014 in response to recommendations made by the Special Committee on Traffic Safety. It is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).
"Improving road safety is a continuing priority for the Government of Saskatchewan," Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said. "We have greatly reduced the number of lives lost and people seriously injured on Saskatchewan roads each year, and the efforts of CTSS are a huge part of that. I am proud to see the CTSS's work recognized nationally."
Over the past decade, Saskatchewan has made significant progress in reducing traffic fatalities and injuries, in large part through increased traffic enforcement.
"Enforcement of traffic safety is the strongest it has ever been in Saskatchewan," Minister Responsible for SGI Don Morgan said. "The establishment of CTSS helps prevent impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and other dangerous driving behaviours."
In the five years before the establishment of the CTSS, the average number of traffic fatalities per year was 158. In 2019, Saskatchewan saw the lowest number of traffic deaths in the province's recorded history (71 fatalities), and in 2020 it was again much lower than the historical average (87 fatalities). While no number of traffic deaths will ever be acceptable, this decrease represents tremendous progress.