December 7, 2015

Cranbrook, BC (December 7, 2015) – Roadside maintenance workers and emergency staff are out all year round and it is important for drivers to be aware of their presence, slow down and move over to give them the space they need to be safe.

The BC Government amended the Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety of all roadside workers, which includes road maintenance workers, utility workers, animal control workers and garbage collectors.  The changes took effect January 1, 2015 which was intended to reducing the risk of roadside workers being struck by passing vehicles.

The City of Cranbrook has many staff members, especially from Public Works, working on our streets year round and not just in the warmer months.  This isn’t limited to just Public Works staff but also Fire Services, RCMP and Ambulance staff, other emergency workers and tow trucks operators among others.

When driving through the City and you see vehicles with flashing red, blue or yellow lights, please be aware that workers are present.   Reduce your speed and allow extra space when passing the vehicles or accident scene, where it is safe to do so.

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