Effective today a traffic ticket will cost motorists 35% more

Lethbridge Regional Police are reminding motorists that those who are caught speeding, driving while distracted or disobeying other rules of the road will have to dig deeper into their wallets.

Effective today, all traffic fines for violations under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and associated regulations have increased by 35 per cent. The changes were previously announced as part of Alberta’s 2015 fiscal budget.

General speeding fines will now range from $78 (1 km over) to $474 (50 km over) and $156 to $949 through construction zones. Failing to stop for a red light increases from $287 to $388 and the distracted driving fine has increased from $172 to $287. Other offences under the Traffic Safety Act have also increased.

Police are reminding motorists to always drive safely and obey the rules of the road.

**Sgt. Wade Davidson, Traffic Response Unit, will be available for media interviews today at 10 a.m. in front of the Collision Reporting Centre located at 406 4 Avenue North. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**