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Drive safely this long weekend

With the last official long weekend of the summer on the horizon, the Government of Saskatchewan would like to remind you to drive safely, watch for farm equipment and slow down in the work zone.

“The Labour Day weekend is a busy one for travelers and we need to remember to pay attention to our surroundings,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “We are all excited for the Labour Day Classic and for one more long weekend this summer, but we still need to remember to be courteous and drive safely on the highway.” 

Plan your route ahead of time, so you are aware of the work zones and what road construction may be in your path.  Even if workers aren’t present, drivers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/h through the work zone.  Work zones may contain driving hazards, like sharp pavement drops or loose stones, which require you to slow down. 

“We anticipate that our many provincial parks will be busy this weekend and I would remind travelers to take extra care on the road,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “During my playing days, I wore number 60 and my main responsibility was to protect the quarterback.  The number 60 is also there to protect our highway workers, so slow down for the safety of those people.” 

A weekly highway construction update is published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline before you hit the road.  It provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511. 

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