Staying safe in the cone zone
Joe Sidhu’s had some close calls by the side of the road as a BCAA Roadside Service Technician. “Cars have driven so close to me that they skimmed my safety vest.”
In British Columbia, between 2008 and 2017 there were a total of 12 roadside worker deaths and 218 injuries from being hit by a motor vehicle. To help raise awareness, Joe and his sons appear in this year’s Work Zone Safety Alliance Cone Zone campaign - a joint provincial initiative supported by organizations working to improve roadside worker safety.
Whether you’re approaching a tow truck on the side of the road, a work zone or emergency vehicle, here’s what to remember in the cone zone:
- Slow down safely. Cars behind you will take your cue and slow down too.
- Pay attention to the placement of the cones and if there are any traffic control persons in the roadway.
- If it’s safe to do so, move over into a lane of traffic away from the cone zone.
- Keep your speed slow through the cone zone.
Learn more about staying safe in the cone zone at conezonebc.com.