WINNIPEG — Look out: Photo radar in construction zones will be back in business this weekend - and this time, speeding fines will stick.

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A photo-radar unit keeps an eye on passing traffic.

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A photo-radar unit keeps an eye on passing traffic.

WINNIPEG — Look out: Photo radar in construction zones will be back in business this weekend - and this time, speeding fines will stick.

That’s what Attorney General Dave Chomiak said Friday afternoon as his officials put the final touches on when and where city police photo radar vans can snap speeders.

In doing so Chomiak, who’s been on the hot-seat all week, said both police and drivers will know the rules of the road when it comes to going through a road construction zone.

The new regulations take effect late this afternoon and will spell out that the city-run speed-enforcement cameras can only be used in construction zones when workers are present.

If it’s a weekend or holiday and workers aren’t working, the police can only deploy a photo radar van if there is a justifiable reason — such as dangerous road conditions or heavy equipment partially blocking a lane — to enforce a reduced speed zone.

There also must be a proper sign in place advising drivers when they are entering a construction zone with a reduced speed and a second sign at the end of the construction zone advising drivers they can resume travelling the posted speed limit.

The new rules come after a week of finger-pointing between the province and city over the use of photo radar in construction zones and a rebellion by hundreds of motorists who believe they were wrongly ticketed by police in a construction zone when workers weren’t present.