The provincial government is hoping a hit to the pocketbook will help to stem speeding with the fines increasing as of today (Tues). The base fine increases by $30 and the dollar amount per kilometre over the limit will double. These new amounts are more comparable with the Canadian average. Staff Sgt. Patrick Barbar with the Saskatoon Police Service says there have been incidents where people from out of province expect the fines to be much higher so they actually have a sigh of relief when they receive the total. That changes today. There are incidents of extreme speed like one fellow who was caught going over 200 km/h on Circle Drive, Barbar says, but driving over the limit on streets that aren’t thoroughfares, like 8th Street and Idylwyld Drive where the infractions might not reach as high as 200 km/h are still extremely dangerous because of the number of pedestrians and stop lights. A specific example of what it will cost now is if you are going 50 in a school zone, the fine is now $310. Base fines range from $70 to $210, depending on the infraction.