SASKATOON – The yearly statistics for traffic tickets from the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) unit are out, and they don’t paint a pretty picture of driving habits in the central region of the province. In 2015, police issued 12,419 traffic tickets.
Over two-thirds of those, 8,666, were for speeding, which includes school and construction zones. Officers also ticketed 120 drivers for going more than 50 km/h over the posted limited. Another 769 were ticketed for exceeding the post limit by 35 km/h.
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