SGI targets work zone safety in July

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Regina, Saskatchewan — June 1, 2016 — Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has announced that work zone safety is the province-wide traffic safety spotlight for the month of July. Police will be looking for drivers speeding and exhibiting other aggressive driving behaviours in work zones, such as stunting, racing, ignoring construction signage or illegally passing other vehicles.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and drivers need to be extra diligent when there are workers on the road,” said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice President of the Auto Fund for SGI. “Those workers depend on you to slow down, pay attention and respect work zone signage so they can get home safely to their own loved ones at the end of the day.”

In 2014, there were 203 collisions in Saskatchewan work zones. One person was killed and 48 others were injured.

SGI recommends drivers keep these tips in mind to ensure all road users are safe while
travelling through construction zones:

– Slow to 60 km/h in highway work zones or the posted speed limit in municipal work

– Follow the directions of work zone signs at all times.

– Avoid distractions and be alert for workers, equipment and other hazards.

– Plan your route ahead of time to avoid work zones or allow extra travel time.

– Posted speed limits are in effect even when workers are not present – there could be a
sharp drop-off or rough road surface.

– Drive with courtesy and patience for all drivers and workers.

Please visit SGI’s website at sgi.sk.ca for more information on work zone safety.


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