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Speed has consequences, SGI

In Saskatchewan, if a driver is clocked at 20 km/h over the limit they can expect a ticket for at least $190, reminds SGI. They add that drivers should break the habit of treating speed limits like they’re suggestions.

The provincial insurer says in March, the Traffic Safety Spotlight is on speed and that means police across the province will be on the lookout for those with a heavy foot on  the accelerator.

“Excessive speed is one of the major causes of traffic-related deaths and injuries in Saskatchewan,” Penny McCune, Chief Operating Officer of the SGI Auto Fund said. “The faster you go, the more serious the consequences when you are involved in a collision. Why risk serious or fatal injuries? When you speed, you endanger yourself, other road users, and those most vulnerable – like pedestrians.”

Fines escalate based on how fast the vehicle was speeding and whether the offence took place in a work zone or school zone, notes SGI.

They give the following breakdown of speeding penalties in Saskatchewan all of which result in more expensive tickets and additional demerit points:

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  • exceeding the limit by more than 35 km/h
  • exceeding the limit by more than 50 km/h
  • exceeding the limit in a school zone
  • exceeding 60 km/h while passing highway workers
  • exceeding 60 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck at roadside with lights flashing.

SGI concludes with general reminders to always buckle up, drive sober and keep your attention on the road.

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