Work Zone Safety

Tips for Driving Through Construction Zones


  • Be aware of construction zones
  • For current road reports, and updates check our Road Construction page
  • Consider alternative routes

Drive Defensively

  • 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 essential information about the work zone ahead, traffic conditions, and road closures or detours


  • Pay attention at all times – DON’T be distracted by the radio or cell phones and DON’T eat or drink while driving
  • Watch for workers, new signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, or uneven pavement

Slow Down

  • 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.

Did You Know…

Fines are now doubled for speeding in a construction zone when workers are present? You can be fined up to $500 and three demerit points for not obeying the signs of a traffic control person.

Speeding is Dangerous and Costly

Help keep Ontario’s roads safe; observe the lower speed limits posted in construction zones and watch for highway workers. Ontario laws double speeding fines in construction zones when workers are present, as follows:

Km/h over
posted speed limit
Fines for speeding
in construction zones
10 km/h $65 0 points
20 km/h $180 3 points
30 km/h $450 4 points
40 km/h $595 4 points
50 km/h No set fine.  Driver would receive a court date to attend Provincial Offences court. Their licence may be suspended and vehicle impounded for 7 days.