Increased traffic fines in Alberta take effect today

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta’s traffic fines are set to increase substantially today, with tickets for some offences increasing by more than $400.

Alberta Transportation says traffic fines haven’t been reviewed in the past 10 years, so following a comprehensive review of traffic fines the province felt it was time for some changes. As a result, failing to stop at a stop sign will cost drivers $250 compared to the previous fine of $60, insecure loads will carry a fine of $500, up from $25, and following too closely will cost drivers $150, up from $60.

“The increase in penalties is necessary to make sure they are appropriate for the offence,” said Ed Stelmach, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation. “We are sending a message to drivers that there are serious consequences for breaking the law. We need to make our roads safer.”

Demerit points will also be handed out more freely under the revised system.

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