Fines increase in construction zones

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - Motorists who speed through road construction zones can expect to take a hit to their wallets.
"We know delays can be frustrating for drivers, but we also want drivers to understand that this is our workplace and the signs and traffic control provisions are in place to protect our workers," said Patrick Gray, director of safety for the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association.
Driver inattention and speed are the hazards that most affect the safety of road crews, he said, and for motorists who fail to respect that, the penalties can be fairly harsh.
Last year, the province introduced legislative amendments that target people who speed in work zones, including fines that are doubled and demerit points assigned to driver's records.
The fines, including court costs, range from $337 for a first offence to $2,407 for a third offence.
The association and the province have teamed up to launch a work zone safety campaign this month, with radio, television and print advertisements aimed at reminding drivers that there are people behind the signs.

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