08/21/2014 04:43 EDT | Updated 10/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Vandals damage speeding signs on deadly part of Trans-Canada Highway near Regina

REGINA - An effort to reduce crashes on a deadly stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Regina is being thwarted by vandals damaging new speed limit signs.

In June, the Saskatchewan government lowered the speed limit to 90 kilometres an hour around the access point to the community of Pilot Butte.

But someone either pulled out or knocked over all the signs, and temporary signs put up after the vandalism disappeared too.

Premier Brad Wall took to Twitter to say that if anyone knows the identity of the — quote — "jackwagons" stealing the signs, they should report them to police or the RCMP.

The Ministry of Highways hopes to have new, permanent speed limit signs up within a couple of days.

Students and other area residents called for lower speed limits in a rally at the legislature in May, noting there were 680 collisions between 2005 and 2013 that left 240 people hurt and eight dead.

The highways minister at the time said the ultimate solution is to build overpasses — something the province plans to do over the next four to five years when a bypass is built around Regina.