Work Zone Awareness
2017-07-04 10:21 PDT
File # 2017
Police are encouraging safe driving through the many road construction projects throughout our cities. If you spend any time driving it is not uncommon to encounter road construction during this time of year. It is important to always drive safely through these work zones to ensure flag persons and workers on the roads can safely conduct their jobs!
Police are providing 6 tips for driving safely in work zones:
- In any work zone expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.
- Obey warning signs. They are posted in advance of road construction projects to give you time to follow their instructions to merge, slow down or stop.
- Stay alert and minimize distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and resist the temptation to get on your cell phone or engage in other distracting behaviors while driving through a work zone.
- You may see flashing arrow panels or "lane closed ahead" signs. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.
- Slow down when the signs say to. Speeding is one of the leading causes of work zone related crashes.
- The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision. Leave a safe braking distance between you and the car in front of you.
Pay attention to the warning signs, obey traffic-control persons, and travel within the posted speed, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP.
Construction zone speed limits apply 24 hours a day when posted. Speeding in construction zones is an offence under Section 140 of the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act.
For more safe summer driving tips visit BC.RCMP.CA and ICBC.
Cpl. Richard De JongMedia Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
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