Speeding fines in construction zones doubled as of tomorrow
Sûreté du Québec police have issued warnings against it, andnowthe province says it too will crack down on those who speedthroughconstruction zones.
As of tomorrow, March 10, speeding fines will be doubled when issued to motorists who exceed speed limits through road construction sites.
Last month, SQ police increased their presence along highways 540 and 20, where construction on the new highway 30 is taking place, since motorists were not respecting the posted 70 km/hr limit normally used in construction zones.
TransportsMinister Sam Hamad recently announced that the Quebec Highway Code had been changed and that fines will double for those caught speeding in construction zones.
The fine for surpassing a 70 km/hr construction zone speed limit by 20 km/hr will be $110, while going 100 km/hr in the same zone will cost drivers $210.
Those driving 115 km/hr will pay a $390 fine.
The move comes after Hamad announced more than $3.9 million in road works for the 2011-2012 season.
More than 53,600 workers will share the road with motorists. The increased awarness is an effort to make the job safer for workers, who have died at the hands of speeding motorists.
According to SAAQ, speeding on Québec roads kills 250 people and injures over 11,000 others each year. Fines and penalties were increased on April 1, 2008.
Excessive speeding will also remain on a driver's record for 10 years.
The number of demerit points a driver will lose when issued a speeding ticket in a construction zone will remain the same, however.