SGI and local law enforcement agencies are focusing on speeding and aggressive driving for the month of April.
Speeding is one of the leading causes of highway fatalities across the province. On average there are 21 deaths and over 600 injuries reported each year in Saskatchewan due to excessive speed. Manager of Media Relations for SGI, Tyler McMurchy said, "The big message is that there is no need to speed. Speeding isn't cool or edgy, it's dangerous and unnecessary. We've seen many examples documented by police over the last year of some really ridiculous speeds that Saskatchewan drivers have been clocked doing and the very significant penalties they've received as a result."
Bellow are just a few of recorded speeds and the fines that went with them around Saskatchewan:
A driver caught doing 212 km/h on Saskatoon’s Circle Drive in February resulted in a $1,602 fine, vehicle impounded seven days.
A driver doing 161 km/h in a snowstorm on Highway 7 near Kindersley in February received a $921 fine, vehicle impounded seven days.
In another report the driver was clocked at 131 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on Saskatoon’s Confederation Dr. in November, landing themselves with a $1,145 fine, vehicle impounded seven days.
A pair of teens racing at 134 km/h on a 70 km/h limit bridge in Saskatoon in October. Both received $1,160 fines and had their vehicles impounded for 30 days.
Along with speeding, aggressive driving is another area law enforcement will be tackling this month as well. "Aggressive driving refers to a category of offenses. It can including speeding, driving to fast for road conditions, running red lights, not stopping at a stop signs, stunting, racing, or passing on the right of a highway shoulder," McMurchy explained.
Every month law enforcement across Saskatchewan write anywhere from 3000 to 6000 speeding tickets.