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Bonnyville RCMP warns of the dangers of excessive speeding

Bonnyville – Bonnyville RCMP ask that motorists slow down on highways and rural roads. In Alberta, standard speed limits are established for different roadways for the safety of those traveling on them.

Unless otherwise posted, the following speed limits apply in Alberta:

  • 100 km/h on a provincial highway located outside an urban area.
  • 80 km/h on a provincial highway located inside a corporate limit of a city.
  • 80 km/h on a roadway that is located outside an urban area.
  • 50 km/h on a roadway that is located within an urban area, unless otherwise posted.

Rural roads present unique risks including livestock and wildlife, unmarked intersections and blind curves, as well as varying and sometimes poor surfaces. These roads require safe speeds and the full attention of motorists.  S/Sgt. Parke adds: “Our rural roadways have enough potential hazards without adding the dangers involved with speeding.”

In 2023 in the Bonnyville Detachment jurisdiction, over 500 tickets were issued to motorists for Speeding.

Speeding fines and demerits range in severity.

  • Exceed speed limit up to 15 km/h over – 2 demerits and up to $126 fine
  • Exceed speed limit by 16 to 30 km/h – 3 demerits and up to $249 fine
  • Exceed speed limit by 31 to 50 km/h – 4 demerits and up to $495 fine

Fine amounts double when construction workers or emergency responders are present.

To avoid speeding, the RCMP recommends giving yourself enough travel time, limiting distractions while driving, and being aware of posted limits in playground and construction zones.