Annual traffic safety awareness campaign underway19 June 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – With warmer weather expected and the construction season now underway, the provincial government and its industry partners are reminding motorists to slow down.
“New Brunswick highways are especially busy during the summer months,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “Individuals and families are travelling the province and construction season is in full swing. By following road and speed reduction signs in construction zones, motorists can ensure their own safety as well as that of our workers.”
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is once again partnering with the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, WorkSafeNB and the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association on the annual safety campaign.
“Everyone has a role to play when it comes to safety,” said Tom McGinn, executive director of the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association. “This campaign is an important annual reminder to the travelling public to respect our construction zones and construction workers. By obeying construction signage and reducing their speed, motorists can assure they are not putting someone’s life at risk.”
The annual campaign will include messages distributed through social media and on the radio.
For safety reasons, speed limits are lowered in constructions zones. Drivers in New Brunswick are reminded that if they get caught speeding in highway construction zones they face double the minimum fine.
“Each year, hundreds of men and women work long hours at construction projects to keep our roads safe for motorists,” said Oliver. “It is important that people slow down and do their part to keep everyone safe.”
Oliver also encouraged all those involved in traffic control on provincial roads to review the Work Area Traffic Control Manual.19-06-20