Released on November 14, 2014
The Government of Saskatchewan is taking additional measures to improve safety on Highway 12 at Martensville.
Effective today, the existing 90 km/hr zone at Martensville will be extended to south of Lutheran Road.
“It’s important to recognize this is a very busy highway and while we’re always striving to improve safety, we all have a responsibility to drive safely,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.
A speed limit reduction pilot project was introduced in two locations in Saskatchewan this past June including the location on Highway 12. The results seen to date have been very positive and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has received positive feedback from the RCMP, municipal governments and other stakeholders. The ministry will continue to monitor its impact on safety and other locations could be considered in the future if these positive results continue.
The speed limit reductions are the most recent measures among a number of improvements the province has made on these roads to enhance safety. Additional safety features added in recent years include acceleration and turning lanes, ramps, enhanced signing and photo speed enforcement.
Highway 12 at Martensville is one of the locations that have been selected for photo speed enforcement with construction and installation currently underway. The public will be notified once cameras are operational. There will also be a two-month warning period to give drivers a chance to adjust to the program.
New amendments to The Traffic Safety Act, which came into effect on June 27, provide additional tools to improve safety on provincial roads. The legislation is geared toward reducing traffic fatalities and injuries in the province with harsher penalties for impaired driving, distracted driving and excessive speed.
For more information, contact:
Highways and Infrastructure