Law en­force­ment watch­ing for speed­ers in work zones in July

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In these un­cer­tain times, there are few guar­an­tees. One thing we can count on here in Saskatchew­an – when sum­mer hits, so does con­struc­tion sea­son. That’s why July’s Traf­fic Safety Spotlight fo­cuses on work zones.

SGI and law en­force­ment want to re­mind driv­ers to be mind­ful of work­ers while trav­el­ling through con­struc­tion ar­eas this sum­mer. Al­ways obey traf­fic signs and di­rec­tions from any flag per­son you see. And above all else, be pa­tient, slow down and stay alert.

“You won’t gain any ex­tra time by speed­ing through that con­struc­tion zone, es­pe­cially if you end up get­ting pulled over by law en­force­ment,” said Penny Mc­Cune, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of the Auto Fund. “What you will do is en­dan­ger the lives of those work­ing to im­prove our province’s roads.”

“Trans­porta­tion pro­fes­sion­als work­ing within the con­struc­tion zone do a dan­ger­ous job and de­serve re­spect; that con­struc­tion zone is their work­place and they have a right to the same pro­tec­tion as pro­fes­sion­als in any of­fice or other work­place in the province,” said Shantel Lipp, Pres­i­dent of the Saskatchew­an Heavy Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. “Ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments have been made this year to kick-start our econ­omy. Con­struc­tion zones are not there to in­con­ve­nience you, but are nec­es­sary to im­prove road safety for every­one.”

Driv­ers are re­quired to slow to 60 km/h or the speed that’s posted when pass­ing a high­way worker, flag per­son or high­way equip­ment with warn­ing lights flash­ing.

Re­duced speed lim­its in con­struc­tion zones are there to keep both con­struc­tion work­ers and other driv­ers safe, and fines are sig­nif­i­cant for a rea­son. If you con­tinue at the 100 km/h speed limit through a 60 km/h con­struc­tion zone, that is go­ing to cost you $1,008. Plus, you’ll lose at least three Safe Driver Recog­ni­tion points on your li­cence, which can lead to fur­ther fi­nan­cial penal­ties.

Re­duc­ing your speed gives you more time to re­act to a po­ten­tial col­li­sion. Plus, even if work­ers aren’t present, haz­ards in work ar­eas could in­clude lane re­duc­tions, sharp pave­ment drops, loose stones, or com­pleted road work that needs time to dry and could be slip­pery at high speeds. And, cam­eras may be in work zones whether work­ers are present or not. A ticket in the mail could be an un­wel­come sur­prise.

Here are some other tips to fol­low when hit­ting the road:

• Plan ahead. Check the High­way Hot­line for po­ten­tial de­lays, and al­lot more time to reach your des­ti­na­tion, or use an alternate route.

• Al­ways give the road your full at­ten­tion – avoid­ing dis­trac­tions is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in work zones, where it’s im­por­tant to ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

• Obey posted signs and flag per­sons.

• Keep a safe fol­low­ing dis­tance be­tween you and the ve­hi­cle in front of you.

• When two lanes be­come one, #Em­braceTheZi­p­perMerge. It makes traf­fic flow more quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

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