Saskatoon speed blitz focuses on dangerous residential areas

SASKATOON – Residential neighbourhoods are again the target of the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon police as they crack down on speeding drivers. The second phase of the residential speed management program, or “speed blitz,” was launched Friday.

The two-week campaign focuses on increased radar enforcement and public awareness, building off the blitz from earlier this year.

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“Residential speeding is a significant concern because of the possible presence of schools [and] pedestrians as well in these areas,” said Angela Gardiner, director of transportation with the city.

Over the next two weeks, police will be stepping up traffic enforcement in:

  • Hampton Village
  • Confederation Park
  • Pacific Heights
  • Silverwood Heights
  • Stonebridge
  • Montgomery Place
  • Dundonald
  • Mount Royal
  • Hudson Bay Park
  • Greystone Heights
  • Westmount
  • Lakeview

The second leg of the blitz targets the top 12 locations where police handed out tickets in January and February. The first phase of the campaign covered 30 areas over six weeks in Saskatoon.

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The highest volumes of tickets were issued in:

  • Hampton Village – McClocklin Road, east of Junor Avenue (46 tickets)
  • Confederation Park – Confederation Drive, south of Massey Drive (33)
  • Pacific Heights – Diefenbaker Drive between Mowat Crescent and Douglas Crescent (18)
  • Silverwood – Adilman Drive between Russell Road and Silverwood Road (18)

“There’s really a combination of neighbourhoods. They range from the newer neighbourhoods … but we are seeing some in some of the existing neighbourhoods as well,” Gardiner said.

The speed limit in residential areas is 50 km/h, unless posted otherwise. People caught speeding face a $120 fine with the fee going up $10 for every 10 km/h over the speed limit.

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