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    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE WORK ZONE & WHEN YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN?

When a driver first encounters the highway work zone, they will see an orange sign with a black image of a worker on it and a tab that identifies “Workers Present”.  This will be followed by a black and white speed sign of 60 km/h. 

At this point the driver must legally slow to 60 km/h, no exceptions.  It's the law and it's black and white. The black-and-white sign is a regulatory speed sign, like all speed signs across the country, indicating the legal maximum speed.

A driver will know they are at the end of a work area when they see a "end of work area" sign followed by a black-and-white regulatory sign indicating the driver can resume to maximum speed.

The different signage is one of many measures that are being taken to clear up confusion and keep workers and drivers safe in work zones.

REPORT A WORK ZONE SIGN PROBLEM

Report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 1-306-244-5535 and leave a message. When providing information, please provide the location, highway number as well as the time and day.

For more information and frequently asked questions about a work zone click here.

SAFETY MEASURES & OTHER INFORMATION

INCREASED FINES

Heavier fines for drivers caught speeding in the work zone - previously, fines started at $140 and increased by $2-$4 for every km/h over the speed limit.  Now, the base fine will be $210 and will increase by $3 for every kilometre over the speed limit, up to a speed of 90 km/h, and $6 for every kilometre over 90 km/h.  For a driver who speeds through a work zone at 100 km/h, this would result in a fine of $450 plus a victim surcharge of $80 for a total of $530.

Drivers caught speeding in the Work Zone past highway workers and equipment face hefty new fines as of Nov. 1, 2012

See: New Fines from SGI.

RUMBLE STRIPS

The use of Rumble strips alert the driver that they are entering a work zone. These were implemented in the fall of 2012 and will be placed on major construction projects on the province’s busiest highways. The devices are intended to improve driver awareness and attention in work zones.

PHOTO SPEED ENFORCEMENT

Photo speed enforcement - the implementation of photo laser speed enforcement in some work zones.

More information can be found here.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure continues to work collaboratively with the Ministry of Justice, SGI, RCMP and Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association to improve each of these measures.

WORK ZONE AD

Remember to slow to 60 km/hr in the Work Zone when passing highway workers and equipment.

Related Links

Sept. 26, 2013 - Simplified black and white signage has been posted in dozens of work zones across Saskatchewan throughout this construction season, offering a plain reminder to drivers that they must slow down or face tripled fines.

Sept. 5, 2013 -  More than 80 photo enforcement speeding tickets were issued to drivers speeding through construction zones during a recent two week period.

Jul. 15, 2013 - It’s one photo you don’t want to be in, and the Government of Saskatchewan doesn’t want to see you in.

Jun. 27, 2013 - The province is one step closer to using photo radar to increase safety in highway work zones.

Apr. 23, 2013 - Drivers speeding in work zones on Saskatchewan highways run the risk of getting ticketed by the Highway Transport Patrol. 

April 1, 2013 - Driving down the highway you see the familiar orange sign with a worker on it.  Do you slow down immediately?  Maintain your speed until you see workers?  How fast should you be going and when can you speed back up again?

Oct. 31, 2012 - The Province of Saskatchewan is increasing the fines for drivers caught speeding in Saskatchewan's construction zones.

Sep. 19, 2012 - The Province of Saskatchewan and the RCMP are joining forces to improve safety in Saskatchewan's construction zones.

Aug. 27, 2012 - A fatal collision in the Orange Zone is a stark reminder of the need to slow down and drive carefully in construction zones.



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