Slow down in construction zones this summer


Hitting the highway for your summer vacation? Taking a day trip to the beach? If so, remember that it is a crime to speed in construction zones.


During the summer months, construction work and traffic delays are a reality on Nova Scotia roadways. While many motorists may find this irritating, it is never acceptable to drive recklessly or above the speed limit in construction zones.


“Working on roads and highways is a physically demanding and often dangerous job,” says Nova Scotia RCMP Cst. Mark Skinner. “The last thing construction workers need is vehicles speeding past them in an unsafe manner, putting their lives at risk.”


In order to help those who help make our roadways better, the RCMP is asking Nova Scotians to keep the following safety tips in mind:


-Slow down and obey the posted speed limit when driving through all construction zones.


-Pay attention to sign flaggers and always obey their commands.


-Stay alert and focused while driving; take note of where construction zones begin and end.


-Always keep a safe distance between your vehicle and construction workers, equipment and vehicles.


-Avoid driving while distracted. Leave cell phones, electronic devices and food alone.


-Be calm, patient, and flexible when encountering traffic delays. Road rage will not get you there faster.


The Nova Scotia RCMP will be in and around construction zones this month, ensuring driver compliance and worker safety. The RCMP would also like to remind motorists that speeding in a construction zone will result in a fine that is double what a normal speeding ticket would be.


Source: Media Release


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