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Government Taking Further Action to Improve Traffic Safety on Highways

Released on September 15, 2014

Photo Speed Enforcement Pilot Expanding to Highways Near Martensville and Pilot Butte

As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to traffic safety in high-risk traffic areas, two new locations have been added to the photo speed enforcement pilot project.  Highway 1 East between Pilot Butte and White City, and Highway 12 at Martensville will both receive photo speed enforcement units.

“Reducing fatalities and injuries on Saskatchewan roads and highways is a top priority,” Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said.  “There has been significant growth in the communities of Martensville, White City and Emerald Park in recent years, leading to increased traffic volumes and risk of collisions, which is why we added these locations to the pilot.  Introducing photo speed enforcement builds on our earlier action of lowering the speed limit to 90 km/hr on these stretches to help calm traffic and make them safer.  By slowing down, you have a better chance of surviving a crash.”

The goal is for zero tickets to be issued and for zero collisions to occur in these locations.  However, any revenue generated through photo speed enforcement will be designated for traffic safety initiatives, after covering costs of the cameras.

“We would be thrilled to see zero tickets and zero revenue, because that would mean no one is speeding through these high-risk corridors,” McMorris said.  “Our goal is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries.”

The previously-announced photo speed enforcement pilot project locations include:
  • Ring Road in Regina
  • Circle Drive in Saskatoon
  • intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Avenue in Moose Jaw
  • selected school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw
The pilot is expected to begin mid-October, in the absence of delays due to factors such as poor weather which could impact construction and installation.  To ensure drivers are aware they are approaching a photo speed enforcement location, all locations will be clearly marked with signs, which will be erected this fall.

Visit SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca to learn more about the photo speed enforcement pilot and other new traffic laws, or for information about the Road Safety Challenge and how #wecandrivebetter.

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For more information, contact:

Kelley Brinkworth
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Regina
Phone: 306-751-1837
Email: kbrinkworth@sgi.sk.ca
Cell: 306-535-6207

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