BCHP reminds motorists to obey construction zone speed limits

B.C., BC Highway Patrol

2021-11-02 08:27 PDT

BC Highway Patrol reminds motorists to obey construction zone speed limits after two recent incidents near Nanaimo, one of which resulted in the death of a road construction worker in September.

In the late evening hours of September 24, 2021, a suspected speeding and impaired driver drove through a highway construction zone south of Nanaimo, striking two road construction workers, killing one and seriously injuring the other, despite the fact the area was well marked and signed. That investigation is ongoing, being led by seasoned criminal collision investigators from BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) in Chemainus.

Then, on October 26, 2021 at approximately 7:00 PM a BCHP officer was conducting speed enforcement in the same construction zone south of Nanaimo when he stopped a vehicle for traveling 132 km/h in the posted 60 km/h construction zone. According to the officer, there were multiple speed signs erected warning drivers to slow to 60 km/h and there were several road construction workers on foot in the work zone. The driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed and had his vehicle impounded.

This kind of driving behaviour puts people at risk unnecessarily and is unacceptable, says Sgt. Brad Robinson, Unit Commander for BCHP in Chemainus. The road construction crews are doing an important job to make improvements to a highway many of us use on a daily basis. Their work environment needs to be safe, which is why speed limits must be obeyed when passing through any construction zone.

WorkSafeBC, Road Safety at Work (RSAW) and the Work Zone Safety Alliance (WZSA) manage the province-wide Cone Zone campaign which is a joint provincial initiative supported by organizations committed to improving the safety of roadside workers. Click the link for more information about RSAW and WZSA.

BC Highway Patrol and the Work Zone Safety Alliance would like to remind drivers to Slow Down and Move Over when approaching roadside workers and designated vehicles stopped on BC roads. The fine for failing to slow down and move over is $173 and three points against one’s licence. Fines for disobeying construction speed zones start at $196 and three points.

BC Highway Patrol asks all drivers to drive defensively, obey speed limits (including construction speed zones), drive sober, buckle up and leave electronic devices alone while driving for your safety and that of all road users.

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