Annual traffic safety awareness campaign underway

The provincial government and its industry partners are reminding motorists to slow down with warmer weather and construction season on the horizon.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is once again partnering with the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, WorkSafeNB and the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association on an annual safety campaign.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver says, "Simply by heeding the warnings and speed-reduction signs in construction zones, motorists can ensure their own safety and the safety of workers. New Brunswick highways are especially busy in the summer months with individuals travelling across the province and construction season in full swing."

According to the province, the annual campaign will include messages distributed through social media and on the radio.

Tom McGinn, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, says, "By reducing their speed and paying attention to construction signage, motorists can ensure they are not putting someone's life at risk."

For safety reasons, speed limits are lowered in construction zones and drivers are reminded that, if they get caught speeding in highway construction zones, they face double the minimum fine.