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Alberta drivers must slow down near construction and emergency workers

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Proposed amendments to Alberta's Traffic Safety Act make it necessary to slow down when passing ...

EDMONTON, Alta. — Proposed amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act make it necessary to slow down when passing construction crews or parked emergency vehicles.

Bill 39 makes it illegal to speed past construction crews, while setting new speed limits for drivers passing emergency vehicles (including tow trucks). Drivers must now slow to 60 km/hr or the posted speed limit whichever is slower.

Drivers must also adhere to posted speed limits in construction zones or they will be slapped with fines twice the usual amount.

“These amendments reflect the government’s commitment to road safety,” said Richard Magnus, MLA for Calgary-North Hill, who introduced the Bill in the Legislature on Apr. 13. “Too often on our highways, motorists speed past construction workers and parked emergency vehicles. Many drivers just don’t realize they are putting the lives of other people at risk.”

The Bill includes other provisions as well, including increased penalties for driving without insurance.

“Traffic safety is one of my department’s top priorities,” said Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. “This amended act strengthens our ability to reduce fatalities and injuries on our roadways, using a coordinated and targeted approach.”

To read the bill in its entirety, visit

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