Distracted driving and speed have the Mounties asking motorists to slow down and pay attention as the darker days move in.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Mike Ingles, who’s responsible for some of the major highways between Squamish and Abbotsford, says two of his members have been struck and seriously injured in the last seven months after pulling over vehicles at roadside.
In fact, he says 239 roadside workers have been hit in B.C. over a ten year period. 15 of them have been killed.
“If people slow down when they’re going by an emergency vehicle or a vehicle that’s working on the side of the road it really forces all of the traffic to slow down in order to get around so everybody can do their part,” he says.
Ingles says it’s frustrating that many motorists still aren’t getting the message about distracted driving.
“People with their heads down, lap dialing their phones is a massive concern for us,” he says.
Back in 2014 the province changed the Motor Vehicle Act, modifying its “Slow down, move over” regulation.
Under the rule, drivers must slow down, and if possible, move to another lane when passing any vehicles with a flashing red, blue, or yellow light.
Failure to do so could net you a fine of $173 and three penalty points.