Motorists are urged to slow down and move over when they see maintenance and emergency vehicles stopped along roads with lights flashing.

Motorists put road workers at risk

During six months, JPW Road and Bridge has recorded five accidents in work zones

Inattentive and speeding motorists are putting highway maintenance crews at risk.

During six months, JPW Road and Bridge, which is responsible for highways in the North Okanagan-Shuswap, has recorded five accidents in work zones. One traffic controller was injured and four of the incidents involved distracted driving.

“I’ve had 16 near-miss reports from our crews about the speed of vehicles in work zones. It’s quite scary,” said Teagan Burton, quality assurance manager.

In many cases, JPW’s crews are removing tire debris, garbage or dead animals from roadways, which are hazards for motorists.

“We want motorists to slow down and move over,” sad Burton.

B.C. enacted slow down, move over legislation in 2009 after Vernon Towing employee Ernie Semkiw was struck and killed by a van while assisting a vehicle in 2006.

Under the rules, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes maintenance workers, utility workers, police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.

Motorists must slow their speed to 70 kilometres an hour when in an 80km/h or over zone, and to 40 kilometres when in an under 80km/h zone.

If travelling on a multi-lane road, drivers must move into another lane to pass when passing stopped vehicles with a flashing light.

Motorists ignoring the legislation can receive a $173 ticket that also carries three penalty points.

And with winter almost here, JPW is also urging motorists to be careful when they see a snow plow on the road.

Specifically, stay 15 metres back from the plow and do not pass a plow on the right because that is where the snow is being directed.

“When the lights are flashing, the trucks are working,” said Burton.



Just Posted

First Nations group takes up biosolids protest

Online call to action asks Secwepemc to stand against and stop the dumping of biosolid

WildsafeBC comes to the Okanagan to reduce wildlife conflict

Bear activity on the Westside has been an issue in the past few weeks

Helping people through the worst days of their lives

Police Based Victim Services grateful for the many agencies which provide local support

Driver, animals escape injury after collision near Sicamous

RCMP say road conditions were not a factor in afternoon crash

Fifth cannabis store proposed for downtown

City of Salmon Arm policy limits number cannabis retailers in core to four

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

North Okanagan tests out two $10/day childcare sites

Katrine Conroy came to Vernon to tour universal child care prototype sites, including the one at Maven Lane

Okanagan medical cannabis shop shutting doors

Herb’s Health Centre has been operating without a city business licence for nearly a year

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Witness says Kelowna man on trial for murder admitted to the killing

Steven Pirko is charged in the killing of Christopher Ausman in 2014

Bucking bulls return to Okanagan raceway Sunday

Bull Riders Canada returns to the South Okanagan with some of the top riders in Canada

In photos: In the pink – Team Chase Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament

Deb Skillen, along with (left) Jane Herman, Megan Kennedy and Lynda Kynoch,… Continue reading

Most Read