Slow Down and Move Over. It’s the Law.
The Work Zone Safety Alliance would like to remind drivers to Slow Down and Move Over when approaching roadside workers and vehicles stopped on BC roads. Drivers should be prepared to reduce speed when driving near a vehicle with flashing amber, red or blue lights. If the posted speed limit is greater than 80 km/h, drivers must slow to 70 km/h. If the posted speed is less than 80 km/h, drivers must slow to 40 km/h. In both situations, drivers should be prepared move over and increase the space between their vehicle and the work zone, if it’s safe to do so.
My Daddy Works Here: Mitchell’s Story
Meet Mitchell: Tow operator, soccer coach, husband, dad. The likelihood of a tow operator being injured on the job is high. Speeding vehicles, drivers not slowing down and moving over and distracted drivers are risks tow operators face every day. Often all that separates them from traffic is an orange cone. Watch to learn more about what you can do as a driver to help keep them safe. Remember, someone’s mom or dad works here.
My Mommy Works Here: Christy’s Story
Meet Christy: Traffic control person, wife and mom. The chances of being injured in a roadside work zone are significant for traffic control persons (TCPs). Often all that separates them from traffic is an orange cone. Watch to learn more about the significant risks faced by TCPs in roadside work zones, and what you can do as a driver to help keep them safe. Remember, someone’s mom or dad works here.
Help Tow Truck Operators Get Home Safely
Tow truck operators are vulnerable as they work at the side of the road. They set up Cone Zones to protect their work space and need drivers to slow down and pay attention in roadside work zones so they can get home safety to their family at the end of the day.
Cone Zones Protect Both Road Maintenance Workers and Drivers
Road maintenance workers help keep city roads and highways in safe condition. The set up of their roadside work zones or “Cone Zones” changes depending on where they are working. "Cone Zones" are there to protect roadside workers and drivers. To keep themselves and workers safe, drivers need to eliminate any driving distractions, observe the posted speed limit while in the Cone Zone, and follow the directions provided by roadside workers.
Slow Down for Emergency Response Workers
There are many types of workers in Cone Zones including emergency response personnel who are often responsible for setting up their own Cone Zones and managing traffic while attending to their work. Drivers should be prepared to reduce speed when driving near a vehicle with flashing red, amber or blue lights.
Slow Down and Pay Attention to Road Construction Workers
Hundreds of roadside work zones are set up across BC each summer. Thousands of drivers will travel through those “Cone Zones”, and it is likely that many roadside workers will be hit and seriously injured by speeding or distracted drivers. Drivers can do their part by slowing down, paying attention and being respectful when travelling through a “Cone Zone”.
Cone Zone Go Kart Ride at Cloverdale Rodeo
Each year, more than 2,000 youth and their families participate in the Cone Zone Go-Kart circuit at the Cloverdale Rodeo. It is a unique learning experience teaching the next generation of drivers about road safety and the importance of paying attention when travelling through roadside work zones.
Improving Worker Safety: Temporary Traffic Control Devices
The BC Traffic Control Manual includes a number of traffic control devices beyond signs, cones and barriers that can help to mitigate traffic exposure risks. When used in combination with other safety controls, these devices can help protect roadside workers and save money. There are also many other benefits, which are outlined in this video.