Partners in Road Construction Safety

Partners in Road Construction Safety

May 13, 2008 13:30 ET

Industry Kicks Off Safety Campaign for Alberta's Busiest Road Construction Season Ever

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - With the advent of Alberta's busiest road construction season ever, the Partners in Road Construction Safety and the Government of Alberta are urging motorists to drive responsibly as traffic continues to increase and road construction sites will be more visible than ever this season.

"There are far too many casualties in road construction zones in Alberta. The majority of these collisions are preventable," said Luke Ouellette, Minister of Alberta Transportation. To show that we take this issue seriously, in 2005, the government changed the Traffic Safety Act to double the fine for speeding in a construction zone when workers are present."

Motorists are also reminded that the numbers of injuries, casualties and collisions in road construction zones are on the rise. Speeding fines are also double in construction zones when workers are present to encourage motorists to slow down and save lives.

"The May long weekend is the unofficial start of Alberta's road construction season," added Heidi Harris, Partners in Road Construction Safety (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." In 2006, there were 847 collisions in construction or maintenance zones that killed one person and injured 176 others.

The province-wide PIRCS hopes to reduce the more than 800 collisions that occur every year at roadway construction sites in Alberta. PIRCS has spent approximately $2 million since its creation in 2003 to promote construction zone safety through radio advertising, billboards, and signage in construction zones that feature the well-known "Don't RIP Through Construction Zones" slogan.

PIRCS partners include the Alberta government, the Alberta Construction Safety Association, the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, City of St. Albert, Strathcona County, ENMAX, EPCOR, Edmonton Police Service, and WorkSafe Alberta.

Press materials can be viewed and downloaded from the following websites:

www.arhca.ab.ca

www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca

Contact Information

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