Last year about this time, we posted a story about the Cone Zone – a campaign designed to raise awareness about the safety of the thousands of folks who spend their days working on or next to the road. They might be traffic controllers, emergency crews, utility workers or any one of dozens of different occupations, which share a common hazard – traffic.
Like everyone else who uses our roads, we need to make sure these people are as safe as possible, so the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure teamed up with WorkSafeBC, the Work Zone Safety Alliance and BCAA Road Safety Foundation to create the Cone Zone. One of the main themes of the campaign was to remind drivers of the human connection to the cones. Because it’s not just a worker behind that cone, it’s a son, a daughter, a mother, a father. They’re friends and neighbours and part of our community.
It’s an important message and, according to a recent review of last year’s campaign, one that’s resonating with people. As more people become aware of the campaign and what it stands for, we’re hoping that’ll translate into safer roads for travellers and workers alike. So we’re building on the successes of last year and proudly joining forces again with WorkSafeBC and our other partners to bring the Cone Zone back this summer. As part of our effort to bring more attention to the campaign, we’ll be writing a series of blogs about the topic and highlighting various projects we have on the go where the Cone Zone plays a vital part.
So if you come across a Cone Zone in your travels this summer, remember to slow down, be alert, obey construction signs, and keep an eye out for construction cones and the workers they protect. You’ll be doing everyone a favour and making things that much easier and safer for the working folks and their families.