With many students across the province on Spring break this week, many families are taking advantage of the nicer weather to take some day trips to the mountains.

Winter weather and icy road conditions may be in our rearview for now, however, the Alberta RCMP is reminding motorists that posted speed limits still need to be followed, no matter the season.

According to Alberta Transportation, about one in four fatal collisions involve driving at excessive speeds, and more than half of these fatal collisions occur in rural areas.

Officers say that "driving faster than the maximum speed limit puts yourself and other road users at risk."

Superintendent Gary Graham of Alberta Traffic services says that last April alone, Mounties issued 974 speeding tickets across the province. He says that each year we see a number of speed-related fatalities, yet, many drivers continue to ignore the posted limits.

"Speeding is one of the biggest threats to traffic safety, yet is a common habit for many drivers," explains Graham. He goes on to say that "The dangers of speeding far outweigh the minute or two you think you are gaining."

Mounties are reminding motorists of the following dangers associated with speeding:

  •  Speeding affects your ability to come to a quick stop in the event of unexpected traffic hazards.
  •   Alberta’s road and weather conditions are unpredictable; ensure you adjust your speed accordingly. 

 They strongly recommend giving yourself extra time to get to your destination,  as well as using extreme caution in playground and construction zones. 

With warmer temperatures upon us, traffic is starting to pick up around town and many motorcyclists are getting their motorcycles on the road for the first ride of the season.

Whether you're driving a car or riding a motorcycle, the posted speed limit applies to all motorists.