Speeding crackdown underway
Fines doubled in construction zones
Police forces across Quebec have joined together as of this week to initiate a crackdown on road speeding that will last until next month.
From April 14 to May 11 the effort that will see an increased police presence on roads and highways will bring together Sûreté du Québec officers, the Montreal Police Department, the Association of Chiefs of Police of Quebec and the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.
The aim will be catching lead footed drivers, especially those who do not obey road construction areas which require drivers to reduce speeds to the limits posted on temporary orange signs.
According to SQ numbers, police across the province issued nearly 620,000 speeding related tickets in 2012. Among those more than 6,800 tickets for excessive speeding were handed out, while 13,800 infractions were committed in construction zones where speeding fines are doubled.
And while the crackdown that began this week will focus on speeding, police say they will continue to issue tickets for any other violations of the Highway Safety Code.
According to the involved agencies, speed related accidents are the leading cause of driving fatalities while the risk of being involved in a deadly car crash increases exponentially when vehicles are going too fast.