See orange cones? Better put down your phone! – Agassiz Harrison Observer

See orange cones? Better put down your phone! – Agassiz Harrison Observer

With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work) With at least a dozen roadside workers being killed while on the job since 2011, the RCMP is ramping up its presence on local roads to remind drivers to slow down in the cone zone. Now in its 11th year, the B.C. Cone Zone Campaign focuses on reminding drivers, employers, and workers to do their due diligence in preventing death and injury to roadside workers on the province’s roadways. “One of the greatest risks to a roadside worker is a motor vehicle being driven through their workplace,” said Louise Yako, spokesperson for Cone Zone campaign. “Campaigns like this are immensely important because they’re the one of the only ways roadside workers really have to communicate with road users in a more unified approach,” explained Karesse Desmond, who works as a flagger in roadside construction zones, and also trains flagging professionals. “A lot of our interactions (with drivers) are …
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