Exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for conditions is common. It's also a high-risk behaviour, increasing the likelihood of a collision due to the driver having less control and reaction time. As speed goes up, collision severity also increases.
The Special Committee on Traffic Safety came up with recommendations to calm traffic, and reduce speed-related fatalities, injuries and collisions on Saskatchewan roads and highways. Photo speed enforcement was selected for a pilot-project to reduce speed-related fatalities.
What is photo speed enforcement?
The technology and application is similar to that of red-light cameras and handheld photo radar units. Using a laser-based digital imaging system, the equipment captures high-resolution images of vehicles violating the posted speed limit. If a vehicle violates the speed limit, the system captures images of the vehicle and its licence plate and records its speed. The photo is then reviewed for clarity of the images before a ticket is issued to the vehicle's registered owner.
Where are the photo speed enforcement units located?
The following high-risk locations for photo speed enforcement include:
- Circle Drive in Saskatoon
- Hwy 1 and 9th Ave. intersection in Moose Jaw
- Ring Road in Regina
- Hwy 1 East between Pilot Butte and White City
- Hwy 12 at Martensville
School zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw also have photo speed enforcement set up at locations of the municipality's choice. These locations include:
- Regina - Thom Collegiate and O’Neill High School on Argyle St.; Winston Knoll Collegiate and Riffel High School on Rochdale Blvd.; Campbell Collegiate and Massey School on Massey Rd.; Imperial School on Broad St.; and Judge Bryant School on Dewdney Ave.
- Saskatoon - St. Michael Community School on 33rd St. E.; Ecole Henry Kelsey School on Valens Dr.; Brownell School on Russell Rd.; Ecole Canadienne-Francaise on Albert Ave.; and Mother Teresa School and Silverspring School on Konihowski Rd.
- Moose Jaw - Palliser Heights School on Grace St. and William Grayson School on Caribou Street West
Law enforcement and highway work zones also have access to similar technology and may use it in both stationary set ups and as part of Automatic Licence Plate Readers (ALPR) in law enforcement vehicles.
If you have questions about a warning letter or ticket you have received, please contact the law enforcement service in your area:
If you would like to know how to pay a ticket or how to take a ticket to court please contact the Ministry of Justice.