Prairie Post (East Edition)

More than 5,000 drivers ticketed for speeding in March

- Contribute­d

Last month SGI reminded drivers to turn to the movies to satisfy their need for speed – but some still tried to turn public roads into their own personal action movie set.

Saskatchew­an law enforcemen­t focused on speeding in March as part of the Traffic Safety Spotlight – issuing 5,023 tickets related to speeding and aggressive driving.

That number included:

• 285 tickets for speeding in a school zone;

• 220 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h while passing an emergency vehicle that is stopped with its lights activated;

• 96 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h while passing a work zone or highway equipment with lights flashing;

• 190 tickets for exceeding the speed limit by more than 35 km/h;

• 25 tickets for exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 km/h (which also results in a seven-day vehicle impoundmen­t);

• 14 tickets for racing (which also results in a 30-day impoundmen­t).

With nicer weather around the corner (hopefully), our roads will be busier with pedestrian­s, cyclists and motorcycli­sts. Obeying speed limits will help you and everyone you share the road with arrive at your destinatio­ns safely.

Other results from the March Traffic Safe

ty Spotlight include:

• 285 tickets for seatbelts and child restraints being used incorrectl­y or not at all;

• 434 distracted driving tickets (including 363 for cellphone use);

• 358 impaired driving offences (including 258 Criminal Code charges) April’s Traffic Safety Spotlight is on suspended drivers and unregister­ed vehicles.

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