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Manitoba amendments to protect roadside emergency and construction workers

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Manitoba has introduced proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act which would see heavier fi...


WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba has introduced proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act which would see heavier fines levied to drivers caught speeding in construction zones.

The proposed changes would also create a new offence for failing to reduce speeds when passing stopped emergency vehicles.

“The proposed amendments to this legislation reinforce this government’s commitment to safety measures and enhanced service delivery,” said Transportation and Government Services Minister, Ron Lemieux. “They reflect our need to ensure the laws are evolving to meet the needs of the community and to provide the best possible level of protection to Manitobans.”

The fines for speeding in construction zones are expected to increase $5 per kilometre. Also, when approaching a police, fire or ambulance vehicle on the side of the road, drivers will have to slow down and proceed with caution, changing lanes if needed.


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