December 8, 2014 2:52 pm
Updated: December 9, 2014 12:24 pm

Smile! Photo radar starts in Saskatchewan

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Smile! You’re on photo radar starting today as Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has cameras operational at high-speed photo enforcement areas.

The two year pilot project gets underway Monday, and the cameras will be operating in these areas across the province:

  • Highway 12 at Martensville
  • Circle Drive in Saskatoon
  • Highway 1 east between the Pilot Butte turnoff and White City
  • Ring Road in Regina
  • Highway 1 and 9th Ave in Moose Jaw

Cameras in select school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose jaw will begin operating later this week.

“The pilot was introduced to calm traffic in high-volume, high-risk locations where it is dangerous to enforce speeds manually,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “School zones are included due to the vulnerability of children in those areas.”

Starting today there will be a two-month warning period to give people time to adjust. Drivers caught speeding during that time will be mailed a warning instead of a ticket.

Large yellow informational signs have been placed to notify drivers they are about to enter a photo-speed-enforced area.

“This program is very transparent. We’re proactively telling drivers where the photo-speed-enforced zones are, and there is highly-visible signage letting drivers know when they’re in a zone,” said Cartmell.

“Our goal is zero tickets and, more importantly, a decrease in speed-related collisions, fatalities and injuries.”

SGI will remind the public when the warning period is over.

Last year in Saskatchewan, speed contributed to 2,645 collisions, injuring 1,127 people and claiming 30 lives.

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