Vancouver Police and WorkSafe BC are teaming up to crack down on dangerous driving in construction zones.
This morning, VPD officers set up in two locations in downtown Vancouver.
One of them was undercover and dressed as a road worker.
It’s part of what they’re calling a ‘roadside worker’s space’ driving enforcement blitz.
The initiative is in response to the number of road side workers who get hit by cars because of distracted drivers.
Sometimes, they’re hit fatally.
On one corner, we have the undercover officer dressed as the road worker, looking to see if anybody’s on the phone or doing any sort of distracted driving.
They turn the corner, she radios it in, and then the police around the corner are more than happy to pull that car aside.
Between 2006 and 2014, fourteen road side workers were killed in B.C., and another 226 injured.
Police handed out 9 tickets and 5 warnings at Pender and Carrall within a matter of hours.