With the long weekend already well underway, you may want to keep an eye on the speedometer.
EVERY day, Saskatchewan RCMP are on the lookout for speeders, but according to Constable Daniel Gaignard – a Traffic Services Investigator with the Estevan RCMP Combined Traffic Services Unit – holidays like this one have law enforcement even more vigilant.
“It’s what we do every day – day in and day out,” said Gaignard. “It’s to go out and try to curb the issue. We have reduced the speeds in the southeast a fair bit. We noticed there aren’t as many people doing the really high speeds like 140 km/hr.”
He says programs to slow down drivers have been working in his region, but says when drivers are going at speeds near 120 kilometres an hour, they are virtually helpless if a situation arises.
“At 120km/hr, you’re already reducing you time to react drastically,” said Gaignard. “And that’s the issue, right there.”
Gaignard says RCMP is also be on the lookout for drivers who are using their devices while driving.
“You see the people looking down at the floor of their car while they’re driving,” said Gaignard. “So, everybody knows that everybody is doing it. It doesn’t seem to phase people that it’s a pretty hefty fine if you do get caught. But I don’t know if that’s enough of a deterrent.”
Speed limits in the province range from 90 kilometres and hour to 110 kilometres an hour.
Only certain highways like 1, 11 and 16 contain sections of divided highway.