Every day thousands of people working on or beside the road in B.C. are counting on you to slow down and drive with care when approaching a “Cone Zone.” Behind each work zone cone is a worker in a vulnerable position. Each cone stands for someone’s father, mother, son, or daughter.
Roadside work is dangerous. Between 2004 and 2013, 15 workers were killed and another 224 injured and missed time from work from being hit by a motor vehicle while working on or beside the road.
This year the Work Zone Safety Alliance hosts their Cone Zone event at the Cloverdale Rodeo May 15-18, 2015. This event provides a great opportunity to gain education on the importance of awareness and safety of individuals working within the Cone Zone.
The Cone Zone BC website provides the following tips on how to drive with care:
A Cone Zone is all about control…
Three Simple Acts Can Save a Worker’s Life.
Thousands of roadside workers are depending on drivers to keep control of their vehicle in a Cone Zone. Here’s what they want you to do:
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.
How to Drive Safely in a Cone Zone
• 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.