Another driver ticketed for endangering worker & damaging equipment
A driver who narrowly missed a roadways worker and damaged specialized patching equipment in a Circle Drive work zone was this week issued a ticket under The Traffic Safety Act for driving without due care and attention.
“Even in light of our highly visible ‘At What Cost?’ public awareness campaign, some people continue to disobey work zone road signs, put lives at risk and in some cases cause work to shut down,” says Brandon Harris, Director of Roadways & Operations.
This is the second such ticket issued this month for work zone violations reported by City staff. Multiple reports of other work zone violations are still under investigation by Saskatoon Police Service.
The City remains firm on its commitment to report drivers who illegally enter work zones and threaten the safety of workers. Crews who witness a driver inside their work zone are encouraged to record license plate information and provide a driver description to police.
“People squeeze their vehicles between barricades all the time, thinking they are above the law,” says Harris. “It’s dangerous for our workers, puts the equipment at risk of damage and can be harmful for the driver.”
Near-miss incidents can have a lasting effect on workers, as shared by Ryan in his video for the City’s public awareness campaign.
Even though construction season is winding down, the City reminds drivers to remain alert and obey work zone signs as year-round repairs and maintenance work continues. Learn more about the risk of entering a work zone at saskatoon.ca/respectworkzones.