Who can direct the traffic? The police? State Transport Authority? Technically, anyone who “reports” traffic must complete safety training, I`m sure the requirements vary from state to state, but I`m sure most, if not all, states have minimum requirements for traffic control safety training. And then there are distance and location rules for placing panels and cones and everything else. Many contractors don`t always follow the rules because the setup takes too long or is simply not certified. In the community where I live, I often see independent contractors (landscapers, moving companies, etc.) get out of their vans with STOP and SLOW signs and try to direct traffic while their colleagues obstruct traffic with a company vehicle. Is it legal? This seems to be very dangerous. The following persons are authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic: A few years ago, the state of New Jersey launched a safety program in construction zones to create a safe flow of traffic around construction. The program included training soldiers in workplace safety and inspection of work areas. You inspired me to investigate this in my own state (Va). When I was leading the rescue, firefighters or paramedics often directed traffic until the police arrived, but some of our training revealed that only police officers can officially direct traffic. I gave up trying to find the code in my state, but I found this interesting link that suggested that only police could direct traffic www.fairfaxcounty.gov/braddock/crossingguards.htm the lines and symbols on the roadway divide lanes and tell you when to pass other vehicles or change lanes. They also tell you which lanes to use for turns and where to stop for signs or traffic lights. The arrows in these illustrations indicate the direction of traffic. Solid line with dotted line: If you are on the side of the solid line, you cannot pass or pass other vehicles, except to turn left into an aisle.
If you are on the side with the line broken, you can pass if it is safe and you do not disturb the traffic. MEANING: Arrive at a point, yield the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians in or in the direction of the intersection. Go when it`s safe. You must stop before the stop line, if there is one. Otherwise, you must stop before entering the pedestrian crossing. (See “Stops and Pedestrian Crossings” in the “Sidewalk Markings” section of this chapter.) If there is no stop line or crosswalk, you must stop before entering the intersection at the closest point to the intersection, which gives you a view of traffic on the intersecting roadway. Continuous lines on the side of the road tell you where the edge is – where the lane ends and where the emergency lane begins. It is illegal to cross the border by car unless requested by a police officer or other authorized officer or an official sign authorizes it. A slanted edge line towards the middle of the road indicates that the road is narrower towards the front.
The lines separating the tracks moving in the same direction are white. MEANING: Display direction and distance to locations. Traffic lights are usually red, yellow and green from top to bottom or from left to right. At some intersections, there are solitary red, yellow or green traffic lights. Some traffic lights come on regularly, others flash. Some are round and others are arrows. State law states that if traffic lights or checkpoints are out of service or not working properly when approaching an intersection, you must stop as a stop sign. You must then continue according to the rules of passage, unless a traffic officer asks you to continue.
These sobering figures underscore the dangers of such work and why uniformed officers are hired instead of neon-wearing civilians when waving flags and directing traffic. But that doesn`t necessarily mean they can disrupt traffic without permission, which OP could also take care of, just that they can direct traffic around their work. I am of the view that Joe`s Construction Corp is not permitted to close any portion of the highway without its prior approval. Officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey said police were there to keep construction workers safe. Drivers are more likely to follow the law when police are present. Although both states` laws require police in some locations, authorities may use flaggers for other projects, such as those with lower speed limits and less traffic. 3.? Any person in possession of a certificate issued by the Commissioner authorizing him to drive an escort vehicle and who has been mandated to control, warn or direct traffic related to the movement of an escort vehicle on a public highway. Sometimes traffic needs to be blocked so that other people can do their jobs safely and efficiently. I`m sure the 60 or so seconds of your day – a few times a year – must be excruciating for you, but what exactly was your endgame here? We anticipate that you will run through a construction site and shout inconsistently out the window that it is illegal to obstruct traffic? I don`t know what you do for a living, but I hope that in some way it means disturbing others a little, if only because of the delicious irony and lack of self-confidence.
MEANING: People work on or near the road and traffic can be controlled by a flagger. A speed limit for the working range of only 25 mph (40 km/h) can be published. Even if there is no speed limit, you must cross the work zone at reduced speed and always obey flaggers. These illustrations show some signals that a reporting person will use. Know them and obey them. Yellow arrow: End of protection of a green arrow. If you intend to turn in the direction of the arrow, be prepared to stop. Stable green: Walk but yield to other vehicles at the intersection as required by law (see Chapter 5). Across the country, nearly every state has passed laws mandating signage on construction sites that impose harsher penalties on drivers who violate restrictions.