As we enter spring and driving conditions across our provincial roadways begin to improve, the Alberta RCMP wants to remind motorists of the dangers of speeding.
Posted limits indicate the maximum, legal speed permitted in ideal conditions (Government of Alberta, 2021). Driving faster than the maximum speed limit puts yourself and other road users at risk. According to Alberta Transportation, approximately one in four fatal collisions involve unsafe speeds, and more than half of these fatal collisions occur in rural areas. Last year, Alberta RCMP issued over 58,700 speeding tickets.
The Alberta RCMP encourages you to remember the following before putting the pedal to the metal:
- The faster you go, the longer it takes you to stop. Speeding affects your ability to come to a quick stop in the event of unexpected traffic hazards.
- Always drive to conditions. Alberta's road and weather conditions are unpredictable; ensure you adjust your speed accordingly.
- Give yourself a few extra minutes. Allowing yourself extra time to get to your destination helps you to avoid feeling rushed.
- Be aware of speed limits in playground and construction zones. These areas often have high pedestrian traffic – you must slow down.
"Alberta RCMP issued 974 speeding tickets to motorists in April 2020 alone. Speeding is one of the biggest threats to traffic safety, yet is a common habit for many drivers," explains Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. "Ensure you always abide by the posted limit. The dangers of speeding far outweigh the minute or two you think you are gaining."
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