Mo­torists speed­ing through con­struc­tion zone - OPP

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

the temiskam­ing OPP de­tach­ment is urg­ing mo­torists to slow down in the high­way 11 con­struc­tion zone ap­prox­i­mately 13 kilo­me­tres south of temagami.

“Nu­mer­ous com­plaints have been re­ceived of ex­ces­sive speed and driv­ers not stop­ping for the traf­fic con­trollers,” it states in a re­lease. “While it is a high­way, it is still an area where driv­ers need to slow down.”

the OPP will per­form traf­fic en­force­ment in this area, as well as all other con­struc­tion zones, to “make sure driv­ers are be­ing com­pli­ant with the rules of the road.”

Mo­torists are ad­vised to fol­low the warn­ings of the bright or­ange back­ground signs. Other signs such as yield, stop and lane signs re­main legally en­force­able, in­clud­ing any por­ta­ble or tem­po­rary traf­fic lights.

“also, let’s not for­get the traf­fic con­trol peo­ple, more com­monly known as ‘flag per­sons’. these traf­fic con­trollers are au­tho­rized un­der the high­way traf­fic act to di­rect traf­fic safely through a work zone by dis­play­ing a hand­held stop sign or cau­tion­ary ‘slow’ sign.”

Sec­tion 146 of the high­way traf­fic act makes it an of­fence for driv­ers to dis­obey the law­ful sig­nals given by the traf­fic con­trol per­son or dis­obey­ing the por­ta­ble signs that are set up in con­struc­tion zones. Of­fend­ing mo­torists could be tick­eted by po­lice any­where from $85 to $400, plus sur­charges, and re­ceive de­merit points for their care­less ac­tions.

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