Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook


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Speed

There are speed limits on all Saskatchewan roads, streets and highways. Do not drive a vehicle faster than the posted speed limit. Emergency vehicles responding to an emergency may exceed the speed limit.

On most provincial highways, and in urban areas, speed limit signs are posted. In the absence of signs, the speed limit is 80 km/h. Most urban centres post speed limit signs at the entrances to the town or city. Those speed limits apply to all locations within community boundaries, unless otherwise posted. The speed limit means the fastest you can travel under ideal conditions.

The maximum speed limit when passing tow trucks, service vehicles or emergency vehicles that are stopped with their lights flashing or when passing Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure equipment with lights flashing, whether in motion or not, is 60 km/h. Within the work zone (road maintenance areas), motorists are required to slow down and travel no faster than the posted speed. Fines for speeding when passing highway workers or equipment occupied by a worker in the work zone start of $240 with a per kilometre rate assessed for each kilometre over the speed limit (ranging from $6 to $12 per km depending on speed). Some cities have bylaws requiring drivers to obey work zone speed limits through the entire construction area. Please be familiar with the bylaws in your area.

Drivers are also required to reduce their speed to 60 km/h when passing a tow truck stopped on the roadside with its amber or amber and blue lights flashing while it is rendering assistance to a disabled vehicle.

In school zones drivers must be particularly careful. Each city or town sets speed limits in school zones through local bylaws. As a result, laws vary from place to place so watch for signs. If there are no signs, it is still advisable to reduce your speed and proceed cautiously in school zones.

Photo speed enforcement is used to enforce speed limits in work zones, school zones and high-risk locations. Photo speed enforcement tickets are issued to the registered owner of the speeding vehicle driven through the zone.

You must slow down when approaching animals on or near the road.

Regardless of the posted or basic speed limit you must never travel faster than conditions allow for safe and reasonable passage. At the same time, travelling too slowly can be hazardous. You should never drive at a speed slow enough to impede or block other traffic, unless proper safety precautions have been taken.

Racing is illegal on any public road, street or highway.

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