On May 12th, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and the RCMP set up enforcement locations at roadside construction sites in Vancouver and around the province in support of the “Cone Zone” driver awareness campaign launch.
Vancouver police officers, in uniform and undercover, issued 74 motor vehicle violation tickets to drivers for driving offences including cell phone distraction, speeding and seat belt use.
There are over 25,000 British Columbians working in “cone zones”. These roadside work areas whether large or small, are only separated from passing traffic by orange cones and other delineators – not much protection against the impact of a speeding or veering vehicle.
As summer approaches roadside work increases. Here are some ways to make sure that both you and roadside workers stay safe:
- Slow down
- Pay attention – if you are using a hands-free device, end your call immediately
- Respect roadside workers – make sure to give them space (move over to another lane, if it’s safe to do so), and follow their signs and directions
- Check for traffic delays before you leave
- DriveBC.ca – Provides real time information on current road and travel conditions
- Listen to your local radio station traffic report
- Visit your municipal website for work zone locations
- Allow more time for your commute and take a different route if possible