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City, Saskatoon Police Remind Drivers to Respect Work Zones, Respect Workers

For immediate release: July 27, 2017 - 1:58pm
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With the full impacts of the construction season upon us, it’s more important than ever that Saskatoon drivers are remaining patient, alert and cautious when navigating work zones. It’s easy to grow frustrated when encountering construction delays and detours, but the City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Police Service are sending a message that any driver behaviour that disrespects workers or compromises safety will not be tolerated.

“This is the time of year that we usually start to see growing impatience on the roads in response to our heavy volume of active roadwork,” says Angela Gardiner, Acting General Manager of Transportation & Utilities. “Which is why this is the perfect time in the construction season to remind drivers that disrespecting workers or work zone signage isn’t an option. Our workers have the full support of the City and the Saskatoon Police Service in protecting work zones and this is for their safety as well as the safety of all road users.”

Drivers are required to slow to 60 km/hr when posted. Regular fines triple in construction zones, with tickets starting at $300 and the possibility of vehicle impoundment or license suspension. Drivers are also required to obey flag people; disregarding their signals can result in a ticket or a criminal code charge such as dangerous driving.

“Since May 1, we’ve issued close to 200 work zones tickets,” says SPS Acting Sergeant, Pat Foster. “Our Traffic Unit conducts regular enforcement of work zones and we also act on reports and surveillance footage provided by construction workers. One of the most expensive tickets we’ve issued so far this construction season was for $764 when a driver was clocked at 116 km/hr in a 60 km/hr work zone.”

Saskatoon drivers are reminded to allow a little extra time when using the roads at this time of year. As well, the City hosts helpful trip planning tools at saskatoon.ca/betterroads that can help drivers reroute their commute around active construction.

The Respect Work Zones campaign supports the City Council Strategic Priority (2016-2020 Term) of Transportation. This year, through the Building Better Roads program, City Council is investing $61 million to build, maintain and repair sidewalks and roadways in local neighbourhoods in addition to other projects around the city.