COVID-19: Edmonton warns motorists against speeding on bare streets as city sees sharp increase in one week

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Edmonton’s traffic safety team is asking motorists to ease off the gas on bare city streets, alarmed by a 200 per cent increase in speeding 50 km/h over the limit in one week.

Fewer cars in front of you on the roads doesn’t mean speeding is OK, city spokeswoman Althea Livingston said in a statement Thursday morning.

There was a 30 per cent decrease of vehicles on Edmonton roads last week with many residents staying at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But speeding at extreme speeds has increased, Livingston said.

“By driving at safe speeds, drivers can help ease the burden on police and health resources so they can focus on COVID-19,” Livingston said in the statement.

Photo radar enforcement has seen an increase in speeding violations and will continue at high-priority locations, reminding drivers to slow down.

“We are paying attention to what is happening on our streets and adjusting our approach to best support road safety,” Livingston said. “Locations that have seen an increase in speeding will be prioritized.”

Photo radar data also highlights a 30 per cent increase in speeding more than 20 km/h over the limit.

Council recently approved a speed limit reduction to 40 km/h on residential streets across the city, to come into force next spring.

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