Driver ticketed for entering City work zone, damaging equipment
A driver who ignored work zone signs and damaged City maintenance equipment was issued a ticket under The Traffic Safety Act for driving without due care and attention by the Saskatoon Police Service.
The incident happened on the afternoon of September 4, 2018, when a maintenance crew had an area of Central Avenue at 103rd Street blocked off for fire hydrant testing and maintenance. The driver entered the marked work zone, hit the equipment with her vehicle, and dragged it off the curb causing damage.
No staff were injured in this collision; however, the crew member recalls the driver’s indifferent attitude about what happened was disheartening. Near-miss incidents can have a lasting effect on workers, as shared by Landen in his video for the Respect Work Zones public awareness campaign.
City crews are encouraged to record license plate information and a driver description when there is a work zone violation. This incident is one of at least eight other such reports that the Saskatoon Police Service is investigating, and is – so far – the first in which a ticket was issued.
While construction 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.