The long weekend is always accompanied by an increase in traffic, and that unfortunately means an increase in vehicular collisions. The Government of Saskatchewan is once again asking motorists to be aware, take care, drive attentively and particularly watch for situations in work zones.
"We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend," Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. "By slowing down and obeying signage in work zones we can ensure that drivers and workers all get home safely at the end of each day." Drivers should obey all signs and flag persons in work zones and slow to 60 km/hr. Even if workers aren't present, drivers should obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/h through work zones. Work zones can contain hazards that may not be easy to see, like sharp pavement drops or loose stones which require you to slow down.
Speed fines are tripled in Saskatchewan when workers are present. Fines start at $210 and increase by $3 for every km/hr over the speed limit, up to a speed of 90 km/hr, and $6 for every km/hr over 90. A driver who speeds through a work zone at 100 km/hr will be issued a fine of $450, plus a victim surcharge of $80, for a total of $530.
Tools to help with travel planning include Saskatchewan’s Highway Hotline and dialing 511 for road information.