The Government of Manitoba has introduced legislation aimed at keeping drivers off closed roads.
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk made the announcement, which comes after last winter’s severe weather and spring’s flooding events. He says that those driving on closed roads endanger themselves, as well as emergency responders, operators of snow-clearing equipment and roadway maintenance staff.
“Our government heard from RCMP leadership and their support for measures that promote road safety and stronger laws to help discourage motorists from the dangerous practice of accessing and driving on closed roads,” said Piwniuk. “Once enacted, Bill 46 will make this treacherous activity illegal, with offenders facing substantial fines, and making roads safer for everyone.”
Bill 46 would allow tickets to be issued of up to $5,000 for drivers of heavy vehicles and fines of up to $2,000 for drivers of light vehicles, such as cars and SUVs.
Manitoba would join British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan as provinces where driving on closed roads is considered an offence.