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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:

  1. Slow down safely. Cars behind you will take your cue and slow down too.
  2. Pay attention to the placement of the cones and if there are any traffic control persons in the roadway.
  3. If it’s safe to do so, move over into a lane of traffic away from the cone zone.
  4. Keep your speed slow through the cone zone.

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