Premier Wall seeing red over orange zone speeding after death
The death of of a young flag bearer working in the orange zone could lead to new safety changes on Saskatchewan highways.
Premier Brad Wall is so angry that drivers still aren't slowing down in the orange zone that he is looking at what improvements can be made.
Eighteen-year-old Ashley Dawn Richards was hit and killed Friday by an SUV that was passing stopped cars in a construction zone. It happened on Highway 39 near Midale.
Since then the RCMP have already issued about six tickets to those not slowing down, which is why Brad Wall is looking at changes.
"The government needs to open to any and all ways to improve orange zone safety," Wall said in an interview with News Talk Radio.
He has asked Highways Minister Don McMorris and Justice Minister Gord Wyant to canvas other provinces and look at how they could make Saskatchewan highways safer for workers.
"We are going to look at enforcement, look at the current laws and see what can be improved," he said.
Wall sent out a series of tweets and has already heard from former flag people about how scary it can be.
Ashley Richard's co-workers at HJR Asphalt will submit their ideas about what can be done.
Until and if any changes take place, Wall has a message for drivers in Saskatchewan
"It is hard to fathom why, after such an unspeakable tragedy, that we aren't doing as motorists what we should be doing in the orange zone," he said.
Currently a driver who exceeds a speed of 60 km/h in an orange zone faces a base fine of $140 plus plus $2 per km over the limit. A motorist that exceeds 90 km/h gets the base fine and additional $4 for every kilometer over. There are also demerit points and fines for Criminal Code charges if someone is injured or killed.
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Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson