By Cpl. Mike Bacque
RCMP South West Regional Traffic Services
Spring time brings potholes and accumulated road debris from winter sand and gravel applications both of which make for difficult and sometimes hazardous driving conditions. Along with the warmer weather, spring has a particular effect on some drivers who feel compelled to “let go” and drive in an aggressive manner.
Aggressive driving is observed in hard accelerating / decelerating, excessive speeds, “running” amber and red lights, and other manner of driving which brings public safety into jeopardy.
Spring will also see work crews return to our streets and highways to repair and improve them so that we may enjoy unimpeded travel. When work crews are present, there will be “orange zone” signage requiring motorists to slow to 60 kilometres per hour. Fines for failing to reduce speed to 60 kilometres per hour are three times those of regular speeding fine amounts and start at $300.
RCMP in South West Saskatchewan will join other detachments and municipal partners with SGI during the month of April to enforce both aggressive driving behaviour and orange work zones to ensure public safety. Motorists are reminded that impatience and inattention are two traits which lead drivers to commit errors leading to collisions.
Safe driving saves lives.