Can You Guess the #1 Cone Zone Violation?

May 20, 2014
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The Vancouver Police Department, RCMP and CVSE helped kick start the Cone Zone roadside worker safety awareness campaign by setting up undercover enforcement operations at work zones around the province last Monday (May 12). The #1 violation in Vancouver? Mobile phones. Of 30 violations caught by police at 500 West Georgia Street and 700 Richards Street, 27 were for distracted driving involving mobile phones. At the Burrard Street Bridge, 44 offences were ticketed, mostly involving mobile phones and speeding. “Some motorists/drivers are still not getting the message about the dangers of using an electronic device while driving,” says VPD Inspector Les Yeo. “It’s foolish and puts all road users at risk, including traffic controllers who are trying to get you to your destination safely.” To blend in with the work zones and get a more authentic view of drivers’ behaviours, some officers disguised themselves as road workers. While police...

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High-Risk Driving

May 14, 2014

B.C. government, ICBC and police focus on high-risk driving – Campaign targets failing to yield at intersections You will be redirected to the High-risk Driving website in a few seconds.

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You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone

May 12, 2014
Twighlight Cone Zone

We thought of beginning this Cone Zone post with a play on the opening narration of the popular science fiction series The Twilight Zone. We decided against it. You see, the vulnerability of roadside workers is just too serious to be whimsical. The number of British Columbians injured or killed on the job shows that a major shift in driver attitude is needed to protect these workers, especially as we enter construction and maintenance season. The numbers are startling. Since 2004… 239 workers have been injured 15 workers have been killed … while doing their jobs on roadsides in B.C. The Vancouver Police Department are setting up construction zone enforcement at the following locations today (May 12): Dunbar Street between 49th Avenue – 51st Avenue Cambie Street and Smithe Street (Cambie corridor to downtown) Pt. Grey between MacDonald Street and Trafalgar Street E. 29th Avenue between Slocan Street and...

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What You Need to Know About the New Malahat Improvements

May 12, 2014

If you’ve been keeping up with our latest news, you’ve probably heard that we’ll be doing more work on the Malahat on Vancouver Island. We’ll be widening the highway and installing more median barrier to make the route safer. That construction will affect traffic, so if you travel to and from Victoria, here’s what you need to know: May: There will be periodic delays of up to 10 minutes for clearing and excavation. June: The Malahat Summit Rest area will be closed for the remainder of construction. June – September: We’ll be blasting rock, widening the highway and paving. There will be a construction zone speed limit of 60 km/h while this project is going on. Please drive safely, and watch for the Cone Zone! Here’s what we’re planning to do to minimize any impact this work might have on your travels: Southbound traffic will not be stopped between...

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Emergency Signs on BC Highways and What they Mean

May 7, 2014
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We have an extensive inventory of signs in use along our highways – many of which you are familiar with. But let’s take a minute to highlight some of our emergency signs – signs which you might not see very often (or which you might notice, but not be familiar with the significance of), that could indicate a potential emergency situation for you while driving. For example, Road Flooded, Washout and Forest Fire signs let you know exactly what to expect on the road ahead – most likely water and/or smoke, reduced visibility and ultimately, reduced mobility. Rock Fall Hazard signs are placed in areas which have been historically active. Educate yourself on areas of our province which have an active past of flooding and landslide activity. Chances are you’re not going to be affected by a spring landslide or flood, but it is always wise to be prepared,...

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

May 5, 2014

Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to you? It means that you need to be extra cautious as you use this stretch of road, because you might have to stop where you used to go. If you travel this route frequently, you might have conditioned yourself to the old traffic pattern, making you less prepared to stop at the new crossing. The BC RCMP are also out to enforce this area, so please pay attention. This is...

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Why is Line Painting a Challenge on the Coquihalla?

April 30, 2014

Spring has sprung (sorta) across B.C., which means our maintenance contractors are out on our highways, shifting from winter maintenance to warmer weather activities like sweeping, paving, mowing and brushing. Our line marking contractors are also gearing up for a busy season, ready to hit the highway as soon as they can. Weather is definitely a factor in getting the job done, and one of the most challenging stretches, we’re sure you can imagine, is Highway 5 aka the Coquihalla. One of the more frequent comments/questions we get in around this area is the visibility of line painting so we wanted to make sure you were in the loop on what we’re doing and some of the challenges. Winter maintenance activities, such as snow plowing and sanding, cause significant seasonal “wear and tear” (aka erosion) on lane markings. As the Coquihalla is a high elevation pass, we often see...

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