Spring has sprung and it's time to be extra cautious on the roads because April is speed awareness month.
Watch your speedometer and posted speed limit signs in town and on the highway this month especially. There are quite a few factors that come into play during springtime.
"April is a selected month for speeding because generally, the snow has cleared. Motorcycles are starting to come out onto the road. As you can see in the Town of Drumheller they're doing a lot of cleanup right now," explained Constable Eric Doucette. "It's a dangerous time to be on a motorcycle and that loose sand on the road, be aware of your speeds. If you get onto that loose sand, obviously you're going to lose traction and skid out."
Safety is the number one reason the RCMP are out there enforcing speed limits, and they are looking out for public safety.
"Even going 50kms/hr, in town you can injure yourself if you're not wearing a seat belt, because of an airbag. Air bags themselves can cause significant damage or injury. Going the speed limit is always a safe thing to do. The speed limits are not set in place by the police. My job in Drumheller is to enforce the rules and regulations and this being speed awareness month, I'll definitely be out there doing laser operations and radar operations as well," said Doucette.
Doucette being in traffic enforcement with the RCMP for 6 years in Drumheller, is not easy at times. It has its ups and downs.
People being in the wrong with a traffic violation, and being pulled over is hard to swallow for some. Doucette explains that he is fair but has to follow the rules also.
"Some people might think I rule with an iron fist, I don't. I often give people breaks, particularly when it comes to speeding. If you blatantly avoid following the rules, then, by all means, you are going to be getting a ticket."