Motorists encouraged to slow down in construction zones

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HALIFAX – Warmer weather means busier roads, not only with more drivers but also with more construction crews working hard to maintain and improve the province's roads.

Starting Monday, the province, in co-operation with the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, is running an ad campaign to remind motorists to watch their speed and be considerate of workers when passing through road construction zones.

"We're investing millions this year in building and upgrading our highways," Transportation Minister Maurice Smith said in a news release. "Our work crews need to be able to concentrate 100 per cent on their jobs and not have to worry about drivers speeding through their work zone."

Nova Scotia Road Builders Association president Andrew Lake said his organization has partnered with the province on a work zone safety campaign for more than a decade.

"The program successfully delivers the message that motorists have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our highway workers," Lake said.

In Nova Scotia, fines are doubled and demerit points are assigned to drivers' records for speeding in work zones. The fines, including court costs, range from $342 for a first offence to $2,412 for a third offence.

 

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