Speeding an issue this summer with police issuing more than 3,550 tickets
August 24, 2015
With a record-breaking construction season in full swing, July’s traffic safety spotlight highlighted the need for motorists to slow down and exercise additional caution in work zones across the province.
In total, police recorded 3,5561 manually enforced speed-related offences in and out of work zones for the month of July, including:
- 142 exceeding posted speed limit by 35 km/h
- 48 exceeding posted speed limit by 50 km/h
- 2 driving at least twice the posted speed limit
- 17 speeding in a construction zone where a highway worker or flag person is present
- 99 passing emergency vehicles at more than 60 km/h
- 3,248 other speed-related offences
Law enforcement also issued 100 impaired driving-related offences, 130 tickets for distracted driving (102 of those for cellphone use) and 293 tickets for not using a seatbelt, car seat or booster seat.
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviours not only put motorists and their vehicles at risk, they also needlessly endanger the lives of other drivers and road users. These risks are magnified in work zones due to the presence of workers, additional road hazards and because traffic can suddenly slow or stop.
SGI reminds motorists that even if workers are not present, speed limits are reduced to 60km/h when entering a highway work zone. In municipal areas, work zones will be marked by orange signs indicating that you're entering a road construction area and black and white signs indicating the legal speed limit.
SGI and law enforcement continue to focus on sharing the road with commercial drivers for the month of August.
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 nearly 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.