Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Chatham-Kent detachment would like to remind motorist about the necessity of being extra cautious while travelling in construction zones.

OPP officials say there is a construction zone set up on Highway 401, east and west bound, between Kent Bridge Road and Victoria Road.

“Be extra careful when driving through construction zones and areas where people are working on or near the road,” OPP officials said in a media release.

“When approaching a construction zone, proceed with caution and obey all warning signs, people and/or devices that are directing traffic through the area. Often, lower speed limits are posted to increase worker safety and reflect increased road hazards, such as construction vehicles in the area, uneven or gravel surfaces, narrowed lanes and so on.”

OPP officials added: “In the construction zone, drive carefully and adjust your driving to suit the conditions, do not change lanes, be ready for sudden stops and watch for workers and related construction vehicles and equipment on the road.”

Recent changes to the Highway Traffic Act have resulted in doubled fines for speeding in a construction zone when workers are present.

Because drivers have continually failed to slow while in constructions zones, a law came into effect where speed fines are doubled when there are workers present.

It’s a lot easier to just slow down, police say.

More details, here: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook/section2.10.6.shtml