Traffic flaggers from across Greater Victoria rallied together today, along with similar rallies in Prince George and Quesnel, and Vernon after a female flagger was struck by a vehicle in Vernon B.C. last week.
The woman was air-lifted to Kelowna General Hospital following the incident, her condition is still unknown. The driver who struck the flagger failed to stop near the active work site.
The local rally, hosted by SPR Traffic Safety, was aimed to bring attention to the dangers flaggers face on a daily basis.
“It strikes close to home for so many people, there are a significant amount of near misses that happen on the roadway every year in British Columbia,” Said a representative from the Roadmasters Safety Group. “The industry really wanted to get together to show the support and love they have for the family.”
The representative also cited ongoing concerns with distracted driving and poor weather conditions this time of year, and is grateful for the ‘slow down and move over’ legislation passed earlier this year.