The long weekend is always accompanied by an increase in traffic, which unfortunately means an increase in collisions with vehicles. The Government of Saskatchewan is once again asking motorists to be alert, to be careful, to drive carefully and above all to monitor situations in work zones.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” said Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill. “By slowing down and obeying signage in work areas, we can ensure that drivers and workers all get home safely at the end of each day.” Drivers must obey all signs and flaggers in work zones and slow down to 60 km/h. Even in the absence of workers, drivers must respect signs, remain vigilant and slow down to 60 km/h in work zones. Work areas may contain hazards that may not be easy to see, such as steep curb drops or loose rocks that require you to slow down.
Speeding fines are tripled in Saskatchewan when workers are present. Fines start at $210 and increase by $3 for each km/h over the speed limit, up to a speed of 90 km/h, and $6 for each km/h over 90 A driver who crosses a work zone at 100 km/h hr will be fined $450, plus an $80 victim fine surcharge, for a total of $530.
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