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Slow down over August long at work zones: highway officials

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As people get set to roll out for their weekend break over the August long holiday, highway officials are reminding drivers about the stipulations for work zones.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” says Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill. “By slowing down and obeying signage in work zones we can ensure that drivers and workers all get home safely at the end of each day.”

Areas to note in the midwest region are Hwy 21 at Unity, Hwy 16 near Borden, Hwy 26 – Hwy 55 through Goodsoil and Hwy 7 Kindersley to SK/AB border.

Drivers should obey all signs and flag persons in work zones and slow to 60 km/hr. Even if workers aren’t present, drivers should obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/h through work zones. Work zones can contain hazards that may not be easy to see, like sharp pavement drops or loose stones which require you to slow down.

Speed fines are tripled in Saskatchewan when workers are present. Fines start at $210 and increase by $3 for every km/hr over the speed limit, up to a speed of 90 km/hr, and $6 for every km/hr over 90. A driver who speeds through a work zone at 100 km/hr will be issued a fine of $450, plus a victim surcharge of $80, for a total of $530.

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Highway officials suggest using the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline for road updates. As well, there are weekly highway construction updates online.

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