The New Brunswick provincial government has kicked off its annual construction zone safety awareness campaign this month.
The goal of this campaign is to remind motorists to follow the posted speed limits and to drive with extra caution when driving in and around the vicinity of construction zones.
"When you speed in a construction zone, you are endangering the life of someone’s mother, father, sister or brother," said transportation and infrastructure minister, Bill Fraser. "For their safety, please slow down and follow the posted speed limit."
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is partnering with the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, WorkSafeNB and the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association on the annual safety campaign, which will run until the end of August.
In New Brunswick’s construction zones, posted speed limits are lowered to keep workers safe. If motorists are caught speeding in highway construction zones, they will face double the minimum fine.
"When it comes to making sure our construction zones are safe, everyone has a role to play," said Tom McGinn, executive director of the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association. "Drivers can do their part by paying attention to construction signage and reducing their speed."
With the busy summer construction season rapidly approaching, Fraser encouraged all those involved in traffic control on provincial roads to review the Work Area Traffic Control Manual.
"As construction workers strive to keep our highways safe for drivers, drivers should strive to keep our highways safe for construction workers," said Fraser.
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