May 22, 2018
Cone Zone season has arrived. Slow down and respect roadside workers.
Cone Zone season is upon us. Hundreds of roadside work zones will be set up around British Columbia this summer. Thousands of drivers will travel through these “Cone Zones” meaning roadside workers are at greater risk of being injured or killed by a motor vehicle.
Roadside work is a dangerous job. Between 2008 and 2017, 12 roadside workers were killed and 218 were injured and missed time from work as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle.
To help keep roadside workers safe, the Work Zone Safety Alliance is launching the 2018 Cone Zone Campaign, an annual road safety awareness initiative to encourage safe driving behaviours around roadside workers.
Safe driving behaviour ensures that roadside workers — such as first responders, road builders, municipal workers, landscapers, flag people, tow truck operators and utility workers— return home safe to their families. Here’s what these workers need drivers to do:
- Pay attention to temporary road signs, traffic cones and directions given by a traffic control person. Listen to traffic reports and adjust your route to avoid work zones.
- Leave your phone alone.
- Safely slow down before reaching a Cone Zone and obey the posted speed limit.
- Respect the roadside as a workplace. Driving unsafely in a Cone Zone puts roadside workers at risk. Orange cones are often the only things separating them from your vehicle.
- Always reduce your speed when driving near work vehicles with flashing amber, red and blue lights. If the posted speed limit is greater than 80 km/h, slow to 70km/h. If the posted speed is less than 80 km/h, slow to 40 km/h. In both situations, move over if it’s safe to do so. Drivers failing to adjust their speed — or failing to move over — may receive a $173 violation ticket and three penalty points.
For more information about work zone road safety, visit ConeZoneBC.com.