As we begin another week of work and school in Saskatoon it’s a good time to remind ourselves that construction season is now in full swing and when driving we need to watch for signs. Speeding ticket fines triple in construction zones and start at $300. One day last week the police went looking for speeders in the construction zone at the intersection of Boychuk Drive and highway 16. In only two hours, 3pm-5pm, they handed out 50 tickets totalling $18,000 in fines.
On the east side of town alone work is also underway on the interchange at McOrmond Drive and highway 5 where there is now a 60 km per hour speed zone on a stretch of road that is normally 100. I drive that every weekday and have caught myself automatically stepping on the gas pedal before doing a mental “oops” suddenly realizing I need to hold at 60. Having to fork over a minimum of $300 wouldn’t make me very happy and, of course, just like you, I’d have no one to blame but myself. So let’s be careful out there and drive not only to stay alive but keep our hard-earned money in our own bank accounts rather than the government’s.