**** RCMP Media Release
Speeding and aggressive driving: not worth the risk
Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding motorists that speeding and aggressive driving are not worth the risk.
Speeding drastically reduces the amount of time drivers have to react to unexpected hazards, putting the drivers themselves and other road users at serious risk of being seriously injured or killed.
“What seems like a small change in speed can mean the difference between a fender bender and a serious collision,” says Cpl. Lisa Croteau of the Nova Scotia RCMP. “If a pedestrian steps into the path of a speeding vehicle, the difference could be a matter of life or death.”
When it comes to the dangers of speeding, a complicating factor police often see is people not driving for the road conditions. Wet or icy roads can double your stopping distance, so it’s important to adjust your driving for those factors.
The speeding fines for a first offence in Nova Scotia are:
$237.50 for exceeding the speed limit by one-15 km/h and two points on your license.
$295 for exceeding the speed limit by 16-30 km/h, three points on your license and a seven day roadside license suspension.
$410 for exceeding the speed limit by 31 km/h or more, four points on your license and a seven day roadside license suspension.
Stunting is $2,422.50 for a first offence, six points on your license and an immediate seven day roadside license suspension.
Police will continue targeted enforcement to combat aggressive driving and protect road users.
If you see dangerous driving, report it to police when it is safe to do so. It is helpful to include the location of the vehicle, a description of the driver and vehicle (including license plate number, colour, make and model) as well as the vehicle’s direction of travel.
Choosing to speed or drive aggressively is a potentially life-changing decision. Please make the right choice for you and other road users by driving safely.