#SlowDown Saskatchewan: police targeting aggressive drivers in work zones in July
June 30, 2016
Work zone safety is the province-wide traffic safety spotlight for the month of July.
Police will be looking for drivers speeding and exhibiting other aggressive driving behaviours in work zones, such as stunting, racing, ignoring construction signage or illegally passing other vehicles.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and drivers need to be extra diligent when there are workers on the road,” said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice President of the Auto Fund. “Those workers depend on you to slow down, pay attention and respect work zone signage – so they can get home safely to their own loved ones at the end of the day.”
In 2014, there were 203 collisions in Saskatchewan work zones. One person was killed and 48 others were injured.
SGI recommends drivers keep these tips in mind to ensure all road users are safe while travelling through construction zones:
- Slow to 60 km/h in highway work zones or the posted speed limit in municipal work zones.
- Follow the directions of work zone signs at all times.
- Avoid distractions and be alert for workers, equipment and other hazards.
- Plan your route ahead of time to avoid work zones or allow extra travel time.
- Posted speed limits are in effect even when workers are not present – there could be a sharp drop-off or rough road surface.
- Drive with courtesy and patience for all drivers and workers.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.