WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba has revised its Highway Traffic Act to include stiff penalties for drivers who endanger construction and emergency workers.
The new rules come into effect June 1 and will target speeders and other unsafe drivers.
"We are sending a message that endangering the lives of others through reckless choices will not be tolerated in Manitoba," says Transport minister, Ron Lemieux.
Trucks and other vehicles must now slow down when travelling through construction zones or near stopped emergency vehicles. The rules also prohibit any vehicle from stopping on railway crossings.
“These new laws are about safety for road crews, emergency responders and for drivers themselves,” adds Lemieux. “We need to increase awareness among drivers that in these situations it is not sufficient to just notice the crews or emergency vehicles – they must adjust their travel speed and slow down.”
Speeding through a construction zone will now carry a fine of an additional $5 for every km the driver was travelling over the speed limit. That’s above and beyond the base fine. The fines for failing to slow down while passing a stationary emergency vehicle have yet to be determined.
“Our goal is safer roads for all Manitobans and that means there is no room for careless and reckless drivers who are willing to put others at risk by their actions,” says Lemieux.
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