The selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of April focuses on speed. Speed has been found to be a major contributing factor in serious injury and fatal collisions. Data indicates that speed related collisions begin to rise dramatically in April and carry through the remainder of the year.
The speed limit within the City of Camrose is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted. Motorists are also reminded that the speed limit in school and playground zones is 30km/h. School zones are in effect from 8:00AM to 9:30AM, 11:30AM to 1:30PM and from 3:00PM to 4:30PM. Playground zones are in effect from 8:30AM to one hour after sunset. If you are unsure of the hours in which these speed limits are in effect then either reduce your speed to 30km/hr at all times or plan your route to avoid the zone altogether.
On May 1st, 2015, the provincial government increased Traffic Fines by 35%. This showed a significant increase to speed fines in the province of Alberta. Fines for speeding can range from $78 for 1 km/h over to $474 for 50 km/h over the speed limit. Motorists will be sent to court for going more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.
In October 2005 Bill 39 was passed which requires motorists to slow to 60 km/h or less if the posted speed limit is lower, when passing emergency vehicles with their lights flashing. The goal of Bill 39 is to reduce the risk of injury and death to emergency services personnel when responding to, or working at, emergency scenes. This Bill also applies to construction zones when workers are present. Fines for speeding in these areas are doubled and can range from $156 for 1 km/h over the limit to $949 for 50 km/h over the limit.