Motorists Urged to Watch For Roadside Workers

With temperatures warming and spring on its way, West Kelowna roadside workers will be out in force tending to the community’s boulevards and roadways. Motorists are urged to watch for these workers and obey the new provincial legislation to slow down and move over when passing a vehicle with a flashing light.

Beginning as soon as the weather allows, District Roads and Parks crews will conduct annual boulevard maintenance, sidewalk and street sweeping, road repairs and parks maintenance. This work often involves working on roadsides and maintenance vehicles are regularly parked on narrow roadways in West Kelowna.

Motorists are asked to watch for District maintenance vehicles with flashing yellow lights and make every effort to ensure the safety of the District’s workers.

The Province of B.C. recently simplified the Slow Down Move Over rule of the Motor Vehicle Act to include all vehicles with a flashing light. The change came into force on January 1, 2015 and is intended to make it safer for all official roadside workers and make it easier for drivers to know the rules of the road, as they will no longer have to check to see if the flashing light is on an “official vehicle”.

"We certainly appreciate this new, simplified rule in the Motor Vehicle Act that takes into account roadside workers like we have at the District,” says Stacey Harding, Parks and Fleet Supervisor. “We value the safety of our workers and contractors above all else and it is important that motorists remember to watch for the men and women who work along our roadways and be cautious when passing by.”

Drivers must slow their speed to 70 km/h when in an 80 km/h or over zone, and 40km/h when in an under 80 km/h zone. If travelling on a multi-lane road, the driver must move into another lane to pass where safe to do so. Failing to adjust your speed appropriately or failing to move over can result in a $173 ticket and three penalty points.

Help keep West Kelowna roadside workers safe this year and Slow Down and Move Over.


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