The traffic safety focus for SGI and RCMP is work zones for the month of July.
Over 200 collisions took place in work zones last year across the province, resulting in 67 injuries.
RCMP constable J-L Leblanc said the fines for speeding in work zones can be quiet costly.
“In a construction zone marked by signs, the fines are the same as a speeding fine, however if there are workers present or workers in equipment, and the vehicle is driving by, the fines triple.”
President of the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association Shantel Lipp said everyone in the work site are given lots of safety training.
“The flaggers for instance, the people that you would see at the beginning of the zone, they actually have to go through flagger training,” Lipp said. “They’re taught where to stand, what to look for, how to be alert, how to stay alerts, because there’s hazards all the time.”
Tom Lees from the Ministry of Highways said work zone rules apply 24 hours a day.
“Even after the work has been completed for the day, there could be some hazards that are on the road that the motorists need to be aware of,” Lees said. “Many times, the ‘workers present’ tabs will be covered so you know that there aren’t actual workers or equipment there, but the speed reductions may stay in place because of a hazard that’s existing there.”
1230 convictions were handed down in work zones last year for speeding in work zones.