Sherwood Park, Alberta – Many drivers exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions. Driving at an unsafe speed can greatly increase the severity of a collision; the faster your vehicle is moving, the less time you have to react to a potential hazard, and for other drivers to react to you.
As speed increases over 80 km/h, the fatality rate for those in the vehicle goes up exponentially. By reducing your speed, you give yourself more ways to find an alternative course of action and more time to react in order to avoid a potential collision. Even driving 10 km/h slower can make the difference between a close call and a fatal collision.
On Monday September 19, 2016 at approximately 5:39 a.m. Strathcona County Enforcement Services conducted a traffic stop on a westbound vehicle travelling 175km/hr in an 80km/hr zone on Township Road 515 near Range Road 215 in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The driver received a violation ticket for exceeding the posted speed limit which requires a mandatory court appearance.
There are steps you can take to make your driving safer:
• Take time to plan ahead. Make sure you allow yourself enough travel time so you don’t end up rushing to get to your destination.
• Check your local traffic report before you leave so you know where to expect congestion.
• Adjust your driving to meet road conditions. If the road is wet or snow covered, slow down and keep more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you
• Be prepared to adjust to sudden speed reduction, for example, when you’re exiting from a highway, encountering sharp curves on a two-lane road or entering residential or high bicycle/pedestrian traffic areas.
• Always wear your seat belt.
Speeding is very risky driving behaviour; for the sake of your own safety and the safety of others, you should obey all posted speed limits and drive in accordance with weather conditions.
Strathcona County RCMP