Respect Work Zones
At what cost? Drivers who speed in work zones put lives at risk
Is getting there faster worth the cost of someone's life? When you're in a work zone, the risk of hurting yourself and others is high. Slow down, pay attention and watch for workers.
Men and women wearing reflective vests and hard hats will be working alongside drivers to complete as much maintenance, repair and construction as possible on roadways and other City infrastructure through summer. At the end of the day, they look forward to going home and seeing their loved ones. The difference between these people and those who are driving, is the amount of protection they have in a collision.
Work zones are clearly marked with orange signs to show you're entering a road construction area and white signs showing the reduced speed limit. Drivers are required to slow to 60 km/h or whatever speed is posted when you enter the work area, and follow the directions of all signs in the zone. In residential areas, where the speed limit is 50 km/h, drivers are expected to slow to 30 km/h when passing workers.
Fines triple in a work zone
The Saskatoon Police Service Traffic Unit will be patrolling various types of City work zones, and workers are encouraged to report license plate numbers to the Saskatoon Police Service, which will follow up with the vehicle owner. Driving 20 km/h over the speed limit in a work zone will cost you $440 and 40 km/h over will cost $1008. Look up other fine amounts.
Aside from people speeding past or driving through work zone barriers, staff in work zones report hearing threats and profanities from drivers. Verbal and physical abuse of City and contractor workers is not acceptable and the City will actively pursue court action to the extent of the law to stop this behaviour.
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