An editorial in yesterday's Salem News says if police want to keep winning road detail contracts, "They should lower their hourly rates, and get rid of the contract language that ensures they get paid for a minimum of four hours or work regardless of whether they work four hours or just 15 minutes. They should erase clauses that allow them to get paid for details that are canceled due to inclement weather. In other words, they should embrace that age-old American quality that has served as the backbone of our economy and society — competition."


09/20/2010 12:44

First of all ... I am always in favor of allowing healthy competition to determine balance and efficiency.

However, what training, if any, are civilian flaggers required to have?

There is definitely SOME skill to successful traffic direction and I would hate to see this policy suffer simply because we do not give enough credit to the job and people become convinced that civilian flaggers can't do as good of a job. (I had a recent experience of some very poor traffic direction at a work site).

That said, do we have statistics on how many of these jobs have actually gone to civilian flaggers?

Despite the new 2008 policy (which can be found at ) that was adopted, it seems that we still see a lot of details that are still manned by the police.

It would seem to me that unless there is a significant increase in use of civilian flaggers, it will be a while before the police are motivated to adjust to the competition.

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