Watch your speed in those construction zones

Watch your speed in those construction zones

Quebec City (Quebec) 6 July 2015 – The 6th of July (today) has been named Opération Orange by the Sûreté du Québec and the Minister of Transport of Quebec, and it simply means that there is going to be a crackdown on drivers who do not respect the speed limits when driving through those numerous construction zones spread out in and around the province.

Statistics show an improvement over the last few years of accidents taking place in those orange zones, but the number is still too high to be ignored. In 2012 no less than 1,011 accidents were reported in the province. That number decreased in 2013 to 938 and in 2014 to 735. The number of deaths however has increased from 8 in 2012, 5 in 2013 to 13 in 2014. The deaths occur from drivers not paying attention to the rules concerning construction zones.

It is important for drivers to slow down and be more vigilant when approaching and passing through those zones. It is much more difficult to confront lane changes and squeezing lanes when not respecting the lower speed limits, even on the weekends. And it’s not over yet; next year will see even more construction zones throughout the province.

Police will also use their surveillance capabilities today and all this week to capture anyone using a cell phone or electronic device while driving, especially in those “Orange zones.”

So watch out for those orange signs, they’re there for a reason; to save lives, maybe even your own.

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