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British Columbia Road Conditions And Closures

Roadside work, or working in the "cone zone," is dangerous. Roadside worksites involve hundreds of activities — not just road construction. There are many types of workers in the cone zone, including:

  • Flag people
  • Municipal workers
  • Landscapers
  • Tow truck drivers
  • Telecommunications and utility workers
  • First responders

Cone Zone campaign

The Cone Zone campaign runs from May to August each year. This campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries of roadside workers by increasing awareness of the vulnerability of these workers and encouraging drivers to practise safe driving behaviour in the cone zone.

  1. Slow down and drive with extreme care near a Cone Zone.
  2. Stay alert and minimize distractions.
  3. Think about every cone as if a human being were standing behind it.

Slow Down

  • Plan your route and allow extra travel time.
  • Expect the unexpected and don’t tailgate.
  • Slow down to posted speed limits and pay attention.
  • Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Keep your eyes (and ears) on the road

  • Never use a cell phone or text while driving.
  • Follow sign and flag directions.
  • Get to know the work zone signs.

Show respect for roadside workers

  • Make eye contact.
  • Keep your cool and be patient.
  • Slow down even if you don’t see anyone working. Hazards such as traffic shifts or lane reductions may appear suddenly.

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