04/23/2013 04:01 EDT | Updated 06/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Highway Officers Can Issue Speeding Tickets Now


SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's highway patrol officers now have the power to issue speeding tickets.

Highways Minister Don McMorris says the officers will set up in work zones across the province and will issue speeding tickets to any driver exceeding 60 km/h.

Once the province's new photo radar system is in place later this spring, transport officers will help out if necessary.

Highway transport patrol officers are considered special constables with the authority to enforce federal, provincial and municipal statutes relating to road transportation and the licensing, registration and operation of vehicles.

The province has implemented new signage and new safety devices such as rumble strips as well as deterrents in the form of increased fines.

Last summer's death of 18-year-old Ashley Richards, a flag person working on a road construction site near Midale, sparked the changes.

Photo radar in work zones was announced in the spring budget last month.

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