In 2016, there were more than 124,000 convictions related to speeding in Saskatchewan. In a province with just over 800,000 licensed drivers, that’s about one speeding ticket for every 6.5 drivers.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Whoa, that sounds like a lot of speeding tickets.”
Excessive speed is one of the leading factors in traffic-related deaths and injuries.
In 2016, 22 people died in speed-related crashes on Saskatchewan roads. Another 579 were injured. That’s why SGI and police across Saskatchewan have made speeding and aggressive driving the focus of April’s Traffic Safety Spotlight. And, with speeding fines set to go up on May 1, it’s the perfect time to remind drivers to #SlowDown.
“Posted speed limits are not suggestions; they tell you how fast you’re legally allowed to drive,” said Penny McCune, COO of the Auto Fund. “The best way to avoid a ticket? Don’t speed. And remember that those speed limits are for ideal conditions, which is not something we experience every day of the year in Saskatchewan.”
Here’s a tip: you don’t need to speed. Public roads are not racetracks. There’s no checkered flag, and you’re not Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There are a number of different speed-related offences under the Traffic Safety Act, and fines vary based on the offence and speed travelled (e.g. speeding in school zones or in construction zones with workers present carry much heftier fines). The cost of the ticket goes up for every kilometre per hour you’re over the limit.
Right now, exceeding the speed limit by 20 km/h on a regular street or highway triggers a total fine of $130, including the Victims of Crime surcharge and km/h charges. In a school zone, 20 km/h over the limit costs you $230. If you speed past workers in a 60 km/h orange zone, you’ll shell out $330 for going 80, and $530 for going 100.
And, as of May 1, those tickets will cost you even more. The base fine on all speeding tickets will increase by $30 and the km/h charge for travelling in excess of the posted speed will double.
So save your cash and #SlowDown.