Drumheller Mounties will be paying close attention to your speed this month.

April is Speeding Awareness Month and Constable Eric Doucette says speeding is still an issue in the area.

"It's very easy for people to speed," he said. "Sometimes it's because they're not aware they entered into another speeding zone, however it is still an issue and here in Drumheller, I do quite a bit of enforcement for speed control."

Doucette noted speeding is the most recurring issue, but is rarely at dangerous speeds. The most common areas in Drumheller for speeding seem to be the North and South Hills, along Highway10 between the Drumheller Co-op and Walmart and Railway Avenue near 99.5 Drum FM.

"In town, in the 50 (kilometre per hour) zones, a lot of people tend to feel comfortable around 65 (kilometres per hour). Obviously when I give tickets it depends on their speed (and) what the traffic conditions are at that time, so the amount I might write a ticket does vary from situation to situation," explained Doucette.

Fines can range greatly from $78 for one kilometre over the speed limit up to $474. Speeding beyond 50 kilometres per hour nets a mandatory court ticket and a judge determines the fine.

"All depending on how much over, I've seen the fines go up as high as $1,200. The Department of Transportation or Registries will implement a driving suspension with one of those tickets," added Doucette.

Demerits can also be placed on one's driving record, ranging from three up to six, depending on the offense committed. Doucette hinted RCMP will be watching speeders closely at specific corners this month with laser technology. 

     

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