Motorists speeding through construction zone - OPP
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.