HALIFAX, N.S. — Highway workers across the province are upset after several close calls caused by fast driving motorist.
The Department of Transportation and Public Works is asking motorists to slow down in highway construction zones across the province. Recently at the Hwy. 102 and 103 interchange, a speeding car passed a tractor-trailer while in a construction zone and barely missed hitting workers.
“These people working on the highways have a right to go home at the end of the day. We don’t want anyone taking that away from them,” says Jim Talbot, head of highway operations in the Halifax County area for the Department of Transportation and Public Works.
The province has taken steps to improve safety for workers this year, including passing legislation that increased fines for speeding in temporary work zones. They are also considering legislation that would strengthen protections, including demerit points for disobeying traffic control persons.
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