After concluding their investigation into the incident, Oak Bay Police have issued a $196 fine to the driver who narrowly missed hitting a traffic control flagger earlier this month.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, a traffic control flagger was working at a construction site on Bowker Ave when the vehicle in question approached.
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The driver proceeded to ignore the flagger – who was attempting to let them know that the street was closed – and drove onto the sidewalk, almost hitting the flagger in the process.
This reckless act resulted in an Oak Bay Police investigation that concluded on July 25th, and resulted in the driver being handed a $196 fine (3 demerit points).
“We take this very seriously. The flaggers are not only at risk themselves but disobeying them greatly increases the risk to the various workers at the site as well as other road users who are passing through the construction zone,” said Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties.
This incident was one of 104 calls for service received by the police department between June 30th and July 7th.
If you see a flagger or public works employee, etc on the road, please slow down. They're someone's daughter or son, mother or father, etc. Not only can you get a ticket but if your driving is dangerous or negligent, you could get a criminal record.🚔Driving respectfully is easy. pic.twitter.com/7Iyh7u4wrM
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) July 9, 2019