When you see those red and blue lights come on behind you, your immediate reaction is to look down at your speedometer.

If you were excessively speeding, you can definitely prepare yourself to receive a ticket.

"It continues to be a problem, it is never really going to get better, I think. All you can do is continue educating in the traffic enforcement aspect to it," advised Constable Eric Doucette of the Drumheller RCMP.

He added that speed limits are in place to improve traffic safety and to protect you, as well as other motorists and pedestrians on the road.

"Right in the valley, we do have speeders. Most of my enforcement is done within the Drumheller municipal limits. I would like to say it never happens, but when the speed starts to get excessive it is an issue. One area that continues to be a problem is up by the penitentiary when you come into the valley," explained Cst. Doucette.

Cst. Doucette says the most common excuse that he receives is, "I am late for work," but if you end up getting pulled over, you can guarantee that you are going to be even more late than if you had just gone the speed limit in the first place.

"It does take me anywhere from five to ten minutes to write a ticket from stop to finish, so yeah, you are going to be at least ten more minutes," noted Doucette.

During the month of April, RCMP are focusing on speeding motorists. Make sure that you are slowing down and obeying the speed limit.

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