Strathcona County Crime Watch Association -

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Tips for Driving in Construction Zones

  • Check road reports ahead of time and use an alternate route if possible.
  • Construction or road maintenance zones will have roadway signs in advance to warn motorists that road work is being done.
  • When approaching a construction zone, use extra caution and slow down where people are working on or near the road.
  • Obey all directions by flag people. Treat flag people working on roads with respect, and remain calm if traffic is delayed.
  • Be patient with construction speed limits and road markers.
  • Obey all warning signs, traffic control devices and posted speed limits within the zone.
  • Avoid changing lanes, look well ahead and be ready for sudden stops.
  • Expect delays and be aware that your trip will take a little longer when travelling through construction zones.
  • Be ready day or night as road construction can happen at any time and doesn’t just occur in the daytime hours.
  • Vehicles ahead of you may stop unexpectedly, keep lots of space and be prepared to stop.
  • Keep space between your vehicle and any equipment parked, or being operated, in these zones.
  • If your lane is blocked and no one is directing traffic, yield to the traffic coming from the opposite direction. When the way is clear, move carefully around the obstacle. Remember that a construction zone is a place where drivers should anticipate unpredictable activity as well as unreliable road conditions. 

The fines

In Alberta, drivers convicted of speeding through construction zones (violating section 115(2)(p.2) or 115(2) (t) of the Traffic Safety Act) will be subject to double the fine.

Fines for speeding in construction zones are doubled. Demerit points will also be applied to the driver’s record if convicted, but will not be doubled.

Double fines can range from $114 to $702. Be proactive, always use extra caution and be patient when encountering a construction zone.