Tips for Driving Safely through a Construction Zone
Share the Road with Work Crews.
Speeding is Dangerous and Costly
To keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North America, please observe the lower speed limit and watch for highway workers. Ontario laws double speeding fines in construction zones when workers are present, as follows:
|Km/h over posted
|Fines for speeding in
Did You Know...
Fines are now doubled for speeding in a construction zone when workers are present? You can also be fined up to $500 and three demerit points for not obeying the sign of the traffic control person.
Tips for Driving Through Construction Zones
- Be aware of construction zones.
- For current road reports, use the telephone numbers and website address listed on the back of this pamphlet.
- Consider alternative routes.
- Expect the unexpected. Road surfaces and traffic patterns change frequently in work zones.
- Anticipate detours and stops.
Obey All Signs
- Signs contain important information that warns motorists or provides them with essential information about the work ahead, traffic conditions, road/ramp closures and detours.
- Pay attention at all times. Don't be distracted by the radio or cell phones; don't eat or drink while driving.
- Watch for workers, new signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, or uneven pavement.
- Drive at the posted reduced speed limit.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Don't tailgate — sudden stops are common in construction zones.
Ontario Provincial Highways
The Ministry of Transportation operates 16,500 kilometres of provincial highways, including more than 2,800 bridges and structures. Generally, highways need substantial repair every 15 to 25 years.
For more Information, Construction Zones Reports are published weekly listing construction sites. Visit:
Provincial Call Centre:
In GTA: 416-235-4686
Provincial TTY: 1-866-471-8929
Niagara Region TTY: 905-704-2426
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