The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) are reminding motorists that construction season is here and that drivers need to be extra cautious.
The MTO are reporting in excess of 200 construction projects underway around the province. These projects consist of highway expansions, bridge replacements and road maintenance which may result in road closures, reduced lanes, lane realignments and reduced speed limits.
Drivers should be prepared for possible delays in these areas and plan accordingly. Drivers should remain vigilant at all times, particularly in construction zones where inattention behind the wheel can lead to tragic consequences.
The OPP will be closely monitoring traffic in these areas and actively enforcing the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Drivers are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones where workers are present and that driver's licence/vehicle seizure provisions apply for the offence of speeding under section 172 of the HTA.
If you are travelling throughout Ontario, updated information on roads and construction projects can be obtained by calling 511, or by following the MTO on Twitter @511Ontario.
“These construction projects are for the benefit of all road users. Please do your part by driving safely so that every road construction worker makes it home every night,” said the OPP.