Amended Traffic Bylaw Sets $150 Fine for Illegally Entering Closed Roads

hhart-rushinko@moosejaw.caAll News, Home Page News, Press Releases

Moose Jaw, SK – Drivers who illegally enter a temporarily closed road now face a $150 fine in Moose Jaw.

At the Tuesday, October 10 regular meeting of Moose Jaw City Council, an amended Traffic Bylaw was adopted that establishes a fine for anyone who enters a temporarily closed road, including construction sites.

“Our employees routinely encounter vehicles entering closed work areas marked by road closed signs,” said Maryse Carmichael, City Manager. “When drivers ignore closed road signs and enter temporarily closed streets, they endanger the lives of City employees, contractors, and themselves.”

In the fall of 2022, a City of Moose Jaw employee was struck by a vehicle whose driver illegally entered a closed work area. The employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries due to the incident and Moose Jaw Police became involved.

The City of Moose Jaw has created a “No More #NotoriouslyCloseCalls” campaign to discourage drivers from illegally entering temporarily closed roads and asks all drivers to obey posted signage and exercise caution in all work zones for the safety of everyone.