Slow down, drive with care when you see orange cones or any vehicle with red, blue or yellow flashing
Please respect those working in the Cone Zone, including emergency responders and tow-truck drivers who are helping someone in need on the side of the road.
For these workers, the roadside is their office and this puts them at risk of being seriously or fatally injured by distracted, aggressive or speeding drivers. In fact, tens of thousands of individuals in B.C. work at the side of the road as part of their job: maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors to name a few.
Roadside work increases over the summer months. BCAA joins many provincial organizations in supporting #ConeZoneBC and the annual “Cone Zone” campaign to keep roadside workers and drivers safe.
Tips to avoid roadwork sites
- Plan ahead. Follow @DriveBC on Twitter or check out drivebc.com or city websites and then find an alternative route.
- Allow extra travel time.
- Expect the unexpected.
How to drive safely through cone zones and around emergency responder work areas
- Slow down and drive according to posted speed limits.
- Look out for roadside workers or sudden traffic changes.
- Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Never use a cell phone or text while driving.
- Get to know the work zone signs and follow flag directions.