Installation work underway at photo speed enforcement locations
Dec. 1, 2014
Cameras and signs are being installed at photo speed enforcement locations around the province this week.
Camera installation crews will be working location by location to set up and test the cameras, from north to south in the following order:
- Highway 12 at Martensville
- Saskatoon locations - Circle Drive and selected school zones
- Highway 1 east between the Pilot Butte turnoff and White City
- Regina locations - Ring Road and selected school zones
- Moose Jaw school zones
“We will notify the public once cameras are operational at these locations, which is anticipated early next week,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “We want people to know the cameras are live. Our goal with this pilot is zero tickets and zero crashes.”
Once the cameras are operating, there will be a two-month warning period where drivers caught speeding will be mailed a warning instead of a ticket. Yellow informational signs will let drivers know they are approaching a photo-speed-enforced zone. Black-and-white regulatory signs will also be posted within the zone.
The photo speed enforcement pilot began on Nov. 14 in Moose Jaw, at the intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Ave. The first official numbers are for the four days between Nov. 23 - 26, where the camera recorded 10,177 vehicles going through the corridor of highway; of those, 586 were in excess of the posted 80 km/h speed limit and 300 were travelling 20 km/h or more over the speed limit.
“The excessive speeds caught by the camera demonstrate why it is important to have an enforcement device on this extremely busy stretch of highway,” said Cartmell. “Photo speed enforcement has been proven to calm traffic, reducing collisions and the related deaths and injuries. We anticipate that over time, as drivers become more aware and start receiving warning letters, they will slow down. If one life is saved, this program is worth it.”
For more information about the two-year photo speed enforcement pilot, visit the Photo speed enforcement page.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.