The pocketbook is going to hurt a little more if you decide to speed in the future. The provincial government announced on Friday that they would be upping the base amount on speeding tickets, as well as the late payment charges on traffic fines. 

"The province is committed to ensuring our roads are safe for those travelling on them. We've taken a clear focus on traffic safety over the last while, including the addition of the Combined Traffic Services Unit. In addition to that, this year we are looking to increase the base amount on all speeding fines by $30, and then also doubling the amount per kilometer if someone is speeding," stated Ministry of Justice spokesperson Drew Wilby.

"We took a look across other jurisdictions, what we've done in the province over the last while as well. We know the general speeding fines in the province haven't increased since 1993, in terms of that thirty dollar move that we're making, and so it was time to look at it. We did a full analysis, and this is what we've come up with."

But wait, there's more. Approximately 36,000 tickets cross the deadline annually. If you are late to pay your ticket, make sure you have an extra ten bucks on hand, as the late fee is also being bumped from $50 to $60.

"By doing that, we're trying to encourage people to pay their tickets on time, rather than letting them sit. Hopefully this will help to reduce some of those late tickets," said Wilby.

Expected additional revenue from the increases is expected to amount to $6.4 million from the speeding tickets, and $320,850 from the late fee jump. Both changes will take effect on May 1st, 2018.

Provincial court fees will also be seeing adjustments, as of July. The fee for issuing a summons and for filing a counterclaim or third party claim will go up, and several new fees will be introduced, while the fee for a transfer to the Queen's Bench will be eliminated, with an additional revenue expected of $294,500.

"The goal out of this is traffic safety and making sure that Saskatchewan's citizens aren't getting injured or killed on Saskatchewan roadways or highways. On the provincial court fee side of things, that's just to make sure that we're recouping the costs associated with the services that we're delivering," Wilby added.

A variety of other fee and charge adjustments are also to take place, including in relation to and with clients of the Water Security Agency, Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority, Energy and Resources, Environment, Parks Culture and Sport, and Government Relations. Total expected revenue for the province is about $17.7 million.




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