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One speeding ticket every six minutes in April

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Maple Creek

For the April Traffic Spotlight on speeding, police issued 7,165 speeding tickets.
There are 43,200 minutes in April, so that works out to an average of one speeding ticket written every six minutes. (And these numbers don’t include tickets issued from photo speed enforcement).
Since a lot of people are apparently in a hurry these days, we won’t list the number of tickets for every single one of the various speeding offences under the Traffic Safety Act, but that 7,165 included:
·250 tickets for exceeding the limit by more than 35 km/h;
·65 tickets for exceeding the limit by more than 50 km/h;
·330 tickets for exceeding the limit in a school zone;
·38 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h while passing highway workers; and
·528 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck at roadside with lights flashing.
Tickets for all of those offences are more expensive than regular speeding tickets, and carry additional demerit points.
While fast drivers had police furiously writing tickets, speeders weren’t the only ones getting caught last month.
Other numbers from the April Traffic Spotlight reported by law enforcement:
·456 impaired driving-related violations, including 337 Criminal Code offences;
·747 distracted driving violations, including 641 cell phone tickets; and
·473 seatbelt/child restraint violations.
Hopefully traffic enforcement will have a “slower” May, but that really depends on drivers deciding to ease off the gas pedal and respect those posted speed limits. Please slow down; the nice weather means more pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists on the roads, and motorists need to watch out for these more vulnerable road users. Also: drive sober, without distractions, and buckled up.

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