Safe driving has no offseason

Last week in this space, we used the occasion of a collision in a school zone to caution motorists to obey posted speed limits and put down distracting devices.

School is about to let out for the summer, but don’t think you’re off the hook.

Summer, of course, means construction crews will be out on the roads, trying to complete projects before the rain and colder temperatures return.

A Victoria-area flagger suffered non-life threatening injuries last week, and it is fortunate the collision wasn’t much worse or even deadly.

There are many moving parts at these sites and it is crucial that drivers pay attention to those directing them. Someone’s life may depend on it — literally. It’s equally important that motorists reduce their speeds. Often a temporary limit will be in place for areas that crews will be working in for an extended time.

While it may seem slow to some, these reduced speeds have been proven to save lives. They also give motorists more time to react. At the very least, slowing down will force those behind you to do so and maybe just snap their attention back to the road.

It’s not just in construction zones that motorists need to be exercising extra caution. Lots of vehicles will be on the roads over the course of the summer and that may mean more people needing roadside assistance.

If you do come across one of these vehicles, you need to slow down and move over. It’s a relatively new law that many motorists aren’t observing.

In B.C., motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped on the side of the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. That includes police, fire, tow truck operators, maintenance workers, utility workers, Commerical Vehicles Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and many others.

If you do encounter one or more of these individuals the law requires you to change to another lane if safe to do so when passing and reduce your speed.

And if you’re forced to stop and wait, like motorists who came upon the multiple-car collision near the Englishman River bridge on Highway 19 Saturday, that means stop and wait. Not perform a U-turn through the grass median and potentially disrupt emergency vehicles and workers.

So slow down when you see someone working. They shouldn’t have to worry about making it home at the end of their shift.

— Black Press

Just Posted

Drunk driver ticketed after wrong-way rollover

Nanaimo man crashes on Inland Island Highway near Qualicum Beach

Car fire on Hwy. 19 near Nanoose slowing traffic

Fire has been put out, and the car has been removed

Bowser woman recovering from stabbing wounds

Police arrest 22-year-old male suspect in Nov. 14 incident

SOS marks 50 years of Christmas giving in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Society to mark golden anniversary with series of events in 2018

Homeless society unveils community care mobile in Parksville

Health care items, advice to be dispensed from RV

VIDEO: Clay throwing demonstration

Local potter giving demos during annual sale

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Port Alberni resident robbed with weapon, thieves steal thousands

Most of the stolen currency is in Canadian $100 bills. The police investigation is ongoing.

Most Read