The City of Campbell River is stressing the importance of cone zones.
With warmer weather upon us, city crews are often working on boulevards, sidewalks, line painting, storm drains and road construction and maintenance.
Bright orange cones, flashing signs and flaggers in high-visibility vests are now out in full force to keep crews working near roads safe.
“This extra activity requires full concentration on driving and slowing down in the cone zone to keep everyone safe. Our road safety reminders are about getting everyone to their destination – and through their workday – as safely as possible,” says Drew Hadfield, director of operations.
He’s sending out a reminder that drivers should expect minor delays and allow extra time for travelling in the summer months.
“For the sake of people working near the road, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, please keep an eye out for workers near the road and pay extra attention in cone zones,” Hadfield says.
These zones also help protect first responders, landscapers, tow truck drivers, and utility workers.
“Vehicles can weigh two tons or more, and a cone won’t slow it down,” says Mayor Andy Adams. “Roadside workers rely on drivers to keep careful control of their vehicles so they can make it home at the end of their shift without injury. We’re all counting on you to do your part by slowing down and following directions from traffic control people or temporary road signs in the cone zone.”
“And, of course, always leave your phone alone while driving,” Adams adds.