A 70-year-old Kingston man is facing charges after he failed to move over in a construction zone, clipped a traffic cone, and nearly hit a worker and construction vehicle on Highway 401.
Napanee Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of the incident on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The accused man’s vehicle was approaching a clearly marked construction zone on Highway 401 westbound at the Odessa exit when it clipped a traffic cone. A mirror fell off of the vehicle, but the vehicle continued without stopping. According to a press release from the Napanee OPP, the vehicle then caused a construction worker and a crash truck (a vehicle used to protect construction workers) to move out of the way to avoid being struck.
Police were able to stop the vehicle after the incident, and Bernard Woodman of Kingston is charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
The OPP would like to remind motorists to slow down in construction zones: When approaching construction zones, proceed with caution and obey all warning signs, people, and/or devices that are directing traffic. Lower speed limits are posted to increase worker safety and reflect increased road hazards, including construction vehicles in the area, uneven or gravel surfaces, and narrowed lanes. In construction zones, drive carefully and adjust your driving to suit the conditions.