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Manitoba proposes hiking fines for speeding in construction zones

New penalty would be double the fine for speeding elsewhere

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The provincial government wants to increase the fines to motorists who speed through designated highway construction zones.

Bill 2, introduced Friday, would allow authorities to impose additional fines of $7.70 for each km/h of excess speed — an increase from the current $5 per km/h of excess speed.

The additional fine would also apply regardless of whether workers are present or equipment is being used in the construction zone.

The fine is over and above the normal speeding fine a driver might face.

It means that the fine for speeding in a designated construction zone would be double the fine for speeding elsewhere, according to an explanatory note attached to the bill.

The government will broaden the definition of a designated construction zone and determine what signage is required to warn the public.

Tory Justice Critic Reg Helwer said Bill 2 is welcome, but it should have been tabled long ago as its provisions are common practice in other provinces.

"What took this government so long? We had to wait for severe injuries and death of Manitobans to force their hand?" he said.

The Manitoba Federation of Labour had lobbied the province to crack down on speeding in construction zones following the death of a 21-year-old highway flag worker three years ago.

Brittany Murray was killed by a 79-year-old driver going nearly double the speed limit. The man was found not guilty of dangerous driving earlier this year. The verdict is being appealed.

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