Partners in Road Construction Safety

Partners in Road Construction Safety

May 15, 2006 13:30 ET

Alberta Gets Tough on Construction Zone Speeders

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - The Partners in Road Construction Safety (PIRCS) organization hopes new "speeding in construction zones" legislation will help reduce the over 600 collisions that occur every year on road construction sites in Alberta.

The new legislation requires motorists driving in Alberta to obey the posted speed limit in active work areas when a flagperson, worker, or equipment occupied by a worker performing road work is present, or face penalties of double the fine for a speed infraction.

This new law will apply to all highways and municipal streets in Alberta.

PIRCS will spend approximately $345,000 during the 2006 construction season to promote construction zone safety through radio and television advertising, billboards, and signs in construction zones that feature the familiar "Don't RIP Through Construction Zones" slogan, which will include the new message of "speed fines doubled in construction zones when workers are present."

"There are far too many casualties among both motorists and workers in construction zones and the vast majority of these collisions are preventable," said Ty Lund, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation. "The Alberta government's move to double fines for speeding in construction zones when workers are present is one step toward reducing construction zone incidents."

In 2005, the government also introduced a new high-visibility coverall that is mandatory for flag people working in provincial highway construction zones.

"The May long weekend is the unofficial start of Alberta's road construction season," said Heidi Harris, PIRCS chair. "We recognize that construction often causes delays and frustration. For the safety of road and utility workers and motorists, we ask drivers to slow down through construction zones and be alert for other hazards even if they don't see workers or equipment."

Construction zones will be plentiful this year as the provincial government and municipalities will invest over $1 billion in road construction. In 2004, there were 698 collisions in construction zones that killed six people, injured another 165, and caused 425 incidents of property damage.

PIRCS partners include the Alberta government, Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, Alberta Construction Safety Association, City of Edmonton, City of Calgary, City of St. Albert, City of Red Deer, Strathcona County, ENMAX, and EPCOR.

Contact Information

  • Partners in Road Construction Safety
    Heidi Harris
    (780) 436-9860
    Cell: (780) 918-5047