When 23-year-old traffic controller Jennifer Beauregard was hit by a man texting behind the wheel, she was thrown from her boots, flew 30 metres down the road and landed on her head. Doctors didn’t expect her to survive.
A year later, Beauregard is alive but with permanent injuries, and is the focus of a new WorkSafeBC and BCAA public service ad (PSA) pleading with drivers to slow down and stay alert in construction zones.
“I was in a coma for six days and in hospital for two months,” said Beauregard, who suffered brain damage and a shattered pelvis. “The driver … didn’t look up and see me holding my stop sign.”
Al Johnson of WorkSafeBC, said flag people are “extremely vulnerable” to inattentive and impatient drivers.
“Drivers need to slow down … in construction zones so that there are no more fatalities and serious injuries.”