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Government, Road Builders Remind Nova Scotians to Slow Down in Work Zones

Working on hot pavement in hot weather with heavy equipment is a tough job. It is even tougher when you can suddenly find yourself in the path of a speeding vehicle.

The government of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association are reminding drivers to slow down in highway work zones.

"Orange signs, traffic cones, and reduced speed limits are all indications that highway work is underway," said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "In many cases they're also all that stand between highway workers and fast-moving vehicles."
"Roadwork is tough enough as it is without having to worry about careless or speeding drivers," said Grant Feltmate, executive director of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association. "Drivers need to be on alert when travelling through these areas."

Fines are doubled and demerit points are assigned to driver's records for speeding in work zones. Fines start at $348.95 and can rise to more than $2,000 depending on other factors.

The government and the Road Builders Association are partnering on a campaign encouraging work zone safety. The ad campaign started last week and will run through mid-July. For more information go to: http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/wzsafety.asp .

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Working on hot pavement in hot weather with heavy equipment is a tough job.

It is even tougher when you can suddenly find yourself in the path of a speeding vehicle.

That is why the government and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association are reminding drivers to slow down in highway work zones.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says in many cases traffic cones and barrels are all that stand between highway workers and fast-moving vehicles.

Grant Feltmate, executive director of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, says drivers need to be on alert when travelling through these highway work areas.

Fines start at 348 dollars and can rise to more than $2,000 depending on other factors.

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