Area agencies participating in construction zone safety campaign


Because Washington State has surpassed a 30-year high in traffic fatalities, and work zone crashes doubled in 2023, the Target Zero Task Force is partnering with Clark County Public Works and other agencies to add speed patrols in work zones through September to remind drivers to slow down and move over and away from road workers.

Participating agencies include:

Battle Ground Police Department

Clark County Sheriff’s Office

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency

Ridgefield Police Department

Vancouver Police Department

Washington State Patrol

On average 24 emergency responders, including work zone crew, and tow providers are struck and killed by vehicles while working at the roadside each year, according to a news release.

To protect these people, Target Zero reminds drivers to:

• Slow down, and move over and away from road crews and emergency responders when possible.

• Be observant, avoid distractions and watch and listen for work zone crews, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, utility service vehicles or disabled vehicles stopped on the side of the road.

• Remain patient in work zones.

When drivers approach road maintenance crews, red flashing lights of first responders, tow trucks, municipal vehicles and utility vehicles, the law requires they must slow down to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and, if safe to do so, move over one lane, according to the news release. Drivers who do not face a $214 ticket that cannot be waived or reduced.