Despite fewer cars on the roads due to the ongoing pandemic, the City of Edmonton says that speeding has been on the rise.
According to Jessica Lamarre, Acting Director of Traffic Safety at the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton noticed a significant increase in speeding last week, particularly at extreme speeds.
“City of Edmonton data shows that while there was a 30% decrease in vehicles on our roads last week, there was a 30% increase in speeding more than 20 km/hr over the limit,” said Lamarre in a statement to Daily Hive.
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“Speed is a factor in the frequency and severity of every collision. By driving at safe speeds, drivers can help ease the burden on police and health resources so they can focus on COVID-19.”
The city says automated enforcement will continue throughout the city, with mobile speed enforcement vehicles will be placed in high priority locations to remind drivers to slow down and drive safely.
The city’s automated traffic enforcement stats show that over the past two weeks, there’s been a 30% increase in drivers speeding 20+ km/hr over the speed limit, and an over 200% increase in drivers speeding more than 50+ km/hr over the speed limit.
“We are paying attention to what is happening on our streets and adjusting our approach to best support road safety. Locations that have seen an increase in speeding will be prioritized,” said Lamarre.