All the signs are there.
Baby animals of all kinds are arriving: winter clothing is slowly being replaced by a thinner layer: the ice on rivers and lakes is slowly beginning to disappear, as is that giant mound of snow in your front yard. Well, at least the ones that get hit by the sun.
Spring arrived nearly three weeks ago. The temperature is starting to get warmer and, with that comes clearer roads. The conditions are prompting warnings and a reminder from the Alberta RCMP about the dangers of speeding.
A media release from the force says even though speeding is a dangerous driving behaviour, it is still extremely common on Alberta roads.
In 2022, the Alberta RCMP handed out more than 55,000 speeding tickets in their jurisdictions. The RCMP say that the posted speed limit indicates the maximum speed people should be travelling in ideal conditions. Driving at unsafe speeds increases the risk of motor vehicle collisions, and collisions at high speeds are much more likely to cause serious injuries.
According to Inspector Chris Romanchych with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services, “Collisions where speed is a factor are far more likely to lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Saving a minute or two isn’t worth risking a life
As you travel Alberta roads this spring, keep these recommendations from the RCMP in mind:
- The faster you’re going, the longer it takes to stop. Always ensure you’re leaving enough space to safely stop and avoid unexpected traffic hazards.
- The posted speed limit is for ideal conditions. Always make sure that you’re driving to the conditions; if the roads are slippery, or there’s any other obstruction, slow down.
- Give yourself a few extra minutes. Leaving early to gain some extra time can help avoid the feeling of being rushed in traffic.
- Be mindful of school zones and construction zones. These areas often have high pedestrian traffic — make sure you adjust your speed accordingly.
You can find more traffic safety information by following the Alberta RCMP on social media, on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and on Twitter @RCMPAlberta.
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