Year-round in Saskatchewan there are roads being repaired and maintained. To keep everyone safe, you must follow some important guidelines when you encounter work zones.
Work zones usually have clear signage, with orange signs indicating that you're entering a road construction area and black and white signs for speed.
They should follow a general pattern:
- An orange sign that says “Workers Present” indicating there’s a work zone ahead.
- A black and white speed sign saying 60 km/h. At this point you are legally required to slow to 60 km/h.
- There may be signs or workers indicating you need to slow down further or stop, or about road conditions and hazards you will be driving over.
- An “End of Work Area” sign will signal the end of the work zone. It will be followed by a black and white sign indicating the regular speed limit, which you can return to.
Please visit the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure site if you want to know more about work zones.
What if I don't slow down?
Not only are you putting workers, yourself and your vehicle at risk, you could face the following fines:
Fines for speeding when passing workers and/or equipment in work zones
(Section 203 of The Traffic Safety Act)
|Speed over limit (km/h)||10||20||30||40||50||60|
|Fine up to 30 km/h over limit||$3 x 10 = $30||$3 x 20 = $60||$3 x 30 = $90|
|Fine if more than 30 km/h over limit||$6 x 40 = $240||$6 x 50 = $300||$6 x 60 = $360|
Other work zones
Work zone signage on municipal roads and in urban areas may differ from the general work zone orange signage you find on highways. However, you are still required to slow to 60 km/h or whatever speed is posted when you enter the work area.
Other situations where you must slow to 60 km/h:
- Approaching a law enforcement vehicle or emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.
- When passing Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure machinery or equipment with its lights flashing.
- When passing a tow truck with its amber beacon flashing and it is assisting a vehicle.