SASKATOON, SASK.. — As the construction season reaches its peak, Saskatoon is reminding drivers that the only reward for speeding through work zones are hefty fines.
"Since May 1, we've issued close to 200 work zones tickets," said Saskatoon Police Service Acting Sergeant Pat Foster in a press release. "Our Traffic Unit conducts regular enforcement of work zones and we also act on reports and surveillance footage provided by construction workers. One of the most expensive tickets we've issued so far this construction season was for $764 when a driver was clocked at 116 km/h in a 60 km/h work zone."
Angela Gardiner, Saskatoon's acting general manager of transportation and utilities, explained that this is the time of year when drivers grow impatient with roadwork delays.
"Which is why this is the perfect time in the construction season to remind drivers that disrespecting workers or work zone signage isn't an option," she said. "Our workers have the full support of the city and the Saskatoon Police Service in protecting work zones and this is for their safety as well as the safety of all road users."
In the city, drivers are required to slow to 60 km/h when posted. Normal fines triple in construction zones, with tickets starting at $300 and the possibility of vehicle impoundment or license suspension. Drivers are also required to follow flagger instructions. Ignoring a flagger's signal can result in a ticket or a criminal code charge such as dangerous driving.