Drivers reminded to slow down in construction zones

By Charles Lefebvre
July 4, 2019 - 5:13pm Updated: July 4, 2019 - 7:07pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — As the construction season ramps up this summer, Medicine Hat police are reminding motorists to slow down while going through construction zones.

On Wednesday, officers focused on enforcing speed limits in construction zones. Members of the traffic unit handed out 19 speeding tickets for people going over 30 kilometres per hour in the zones.

According to Traffic Sergeant Clarke White with the Medicine Hat Police Service, one driver was ticketed driving 61 kilometres per hour, more than double the limit.

“It’s clear that when we stop there and monitor traffic there that it’s a problem,” he said.

White says construction workers have raised concerns and complaints about speeding in the construction zones in recent years. He says drivers need to slow down to help protect the workers.

“We wouldn't expect people to come into our workplace and create those types of hazards, but construction zones, construction workers are almost forced to tolerate it to a certain degree,” he said. “We were seeing people yesterday speeding through at double the speed limit, and just the risks that that poses to workers who are trying to do their jobs out there isn't necessary.”

White says speed fines are doubled in construction zones, and he says the maximum fine an officer impose on a ticket is $949.

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