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City of Winnipeg says aggressive driving risks lives of road crews

DCN-JOC News Services
City of Winnipeg says aggressive driving risks lives of road crews

WINNIPEG — The City of Winnipeg has issued a statement imploring drivers to be more careful around road crews during the busy summer construction season.

“Nobody likes being stuck in traffic, and we know how frustrating it can be when you encounter a construction zone. But it’s important to slow down, remain respectful, and follow the rules of each construction site. This year, we’ve heard that’s not always happening,” the statement said.

It warned road work crews are “increasingly dealing with disrespectful and often downright dangerous behaviour from some aggressive drivers.”

The statement warned drivers have ignored barricades and driven into active construction sites, and that workers “have been yelled at, called names, and blasted with exhaust from diesel truck operators deliberately idling.”

The City of Winnipeg urged drivers to consider building in extra travel time and to have music or a podcast queued up in case of traffic delays due to construction.

“Everyone involved in road work is out there doing the best they can to make the roads better for all of us, and they deserve to feel safe while doing their job and be able to go home at the end of day. So please be patient and respectful,” the statement said.

The statement also pointed to the City of Winnipeg’s interactive road construction map for drivers to better keep track of current activity and possible delays.

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