Exceeding the speed limit now officially hurts the pocketbook a little more, as the expected increases in speeding fines from the provincial government came into effect on Tuesday.

The base amount has jumped by 30 dollars, and the fine per kilometer over has doubled from one to two dollars.

"It doesn't pay to speed. It's certainly going to hit the pocket book a little harder now. The faster you go, the more expensive these fines get, so slow down, drive safe, plan ahead and plan for delays. Summer's coming up, there's always construction, and we don't want find people in positions where they're going to have to speed to get where they're going," said Corporal Craig Park from the Estevan RCMP.

He added that he expects to see the changes have a positive effect, and one that may not take too long to show itself.

"It'll hit the higher speeders more so than the low speeds. The higher you go, the more the amount of the fine. For instance, when you go over 30 KMH over the speed limit, the fines used to be 4, now they're 8 dollars per kilometer. They kind of exponentially get expensive."

"Anybody going excessively fast will notice a huge difference in the fine, which hopefully will get the speeds down to where they should be, in the safe areas," he concluded.

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