REGINA, Sask. — Saskatchewan’s Department of Highways and Transportation is considering hiking the speed limit on divided highways to 110 km-h.
Currently, the speed limit stands at 100 km-h. Highways Minister, Mark Wartman, says his department is weighing the advantages and disadvantages of increasing the speed limit. He says the department has studied the issue for several months and a decision will likely be reached before Christmas.
It’s expected to be a hot topic of debate at the annual NDP convention coming up this weekend.
The biggest concern about increasing the speed limit is the possibility of more severe accidents. There’s also concern drivers will take it as a sign to increase speeds from 120 km-h to 125 km-h, as many drivers already exceed the speed limit.
On the other hand, however, Wartman says Saskatchewan has many straight roads and a higher speed limit will reduce travel time.
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