[caption id="attachment_91138" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo radar locations are already appearing in Saskatoon. One speed camera will rotate between five locations on Circle Drive: Airport Drive, Circle Drive South Bridge, Preston Avenue, Taylor Street and 108th Street. A second camera will monitor streets around St. Michael Community School, Ecole Henry Kelsey School, Brownell School, Ecole Canadienne-Francaise (shown here off Clarence Avenue) and Mother Teresa School. The exact date the cameras will become operational is not yet clear.
Photograph by: Greg Pender, The Starphoenix , The Starphoenix[/caption]
Although the photo speed enforcement pilot project in Saskatchewan is less than 90 days old, almost 22,000 drivers across the province have been snapped going over posted speed limits. The system of cameras was launched as part of a two-year project last November, with cameras positioned at eight different locations within the province. These include a permanent camera in Moose Jaw, located at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as a camera that shifts between the front of the William Grayson School and the Palliser Heights School. Other high-speed locations chosen for the speed enforcement cameras included Saskatoon and Regina.
SGI would not provide specific details as to how many miles over the posted speed limit would result in a driver being issued a violation. Of the 5,000 drivers already snapped by the cameras as violating the speeding limit in Moose Jaw alone, more than 700 of those drivers have been issued letters of warning regarding their driving behavior. Tickets will begin being issued February 8, said SGI spokeswoman Kelley Brinkworth."If a vehicle is caught speeding, the registered owner will receive a warning letter in the mail," Brinkworth said. "It gives people time to adjust to the program and the signage and allows us to make any adjustments."
Large yellow signs have been placed at the photo-speed enforced highway area, and black and white regulatory signs are also posted near the regulated sites.
"The purpose is to calm traffic, so if we can reduce speed and therefore reduce crashes then this pilot project will be considered a success."
Speed was a contributing factor in 2,645 collisions, injuring 1,217 people and taking 30 lives, according to a press release issued by SGI.