Traffic guard

A traffic guard, traffic controller, flagman, or flagger is a person who directs traffic through a construction site or other temporary traffic control zone past an area using gestures, signs or flags. The person directing traffic is responsible for maintaining the safety and efficiency of traffic, as well as the safety of road workers, while allowing construction, accident recovery or other tasks to proceed. Traffic guards are commonly used to control traffic when two way roads are reduced to one lane, and traffic must alternate. Their duties are to direct traffic to safer areas where construction or traffic incidents are taking place. In addition they have to moderate the traffic density to not cause traffic jams. They guide motorists to follow the traffic laws; but may not be able to enforce the law. Most traffic guards are seen as construction workers; but in some nations, they dress or perform as security guards and police officers.

Traffic guard
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Japanese traffic guard
NamesFlagger, Traffic Controller
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Traffic, law enforcement, security, civil engineering
Related jobs
Construction worker, guard, police

Duties and careers

Highway and expressway safety

Traffic guards are employed on highways and expressways. They are trained to set up warning signs and barricades to slow down the speed of traffic in a temporary traffic control zone. Some areas have full-time traffic guard teams for responding to incidents that could risk the safety to motorists. When they are on scene they will set up equipment to warn approaching traffic about the incident.


If construction or maintenance is occurring in an intersection and a law enforcement officer is not used to direct traffic, a traffic guard would control the intersection instead of the traffic light or signs.

Road construction
Flagger on M-124
Flagger on M-124, Hayes State Park, Michigan

Traffic guards who are directing traffic during road construction often alternate opposing traffic through a single lane. One direction of traffic is stopped at a time.


Chicago 2007-4
Traffic guard on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Traffic guards who are stationed at a crossing with no signal or placed for extra safety at a junction. They stop pedestrians and vehicles from crossing a junction where another thing has the right of way to cross.

Parking and gate guard

These traffic guards are waiting for motorists to leave and enter a complex. They also help pedestrians cross or stop them in front of the complex's entrance. They act as second pair of eyes to keep motorists and pedestrians safe. They may direct street traffic to stop for exiting motorists from the complex and they may not allow in doing that.


  • Signal flags; a small or large flag in colors such as white, red, and orange.
  • Signal hand sign; called stop/slow paddles in the United States, these are a sign that has 'stop' on one side and 'slow' or 'go' on the other side.
  • Signal baton (or marshalling wand); a baton that lights up or reflects light.
  • Traffic vest; a brightly colored vest that is made to reflect headlights light or has built in LED lights.
  • Helmet (or a hard hat); protecting the head from hazards.
  • Signal flares; flares for night or bad weather.
  • Traffic cones and warning signs, which are road traffic control devices used to slow down traffic and guide drivers.

See also

August Stakes

The August Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Windsor over a distance of 1 mile 3 furlongs and 99 yards (2,303 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

The race was first run as a Listed race in 2004 having previously been run as a lower class race.

Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate

Bidhannagar City Police (Bengali:বিধাননগর সিটি পুলিশ), established on 20 January 2012, is a police force with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within Bidhannagar, Greater Kolkata (Saltlake, Lake Town, Kestopur, Baguiati, Raghunathpur, Teghoria, Arjunpur, Kaikhali, Rajarhat, New Town, Dum Dum Airport Area, Inside of NSCBI Airport, Gouripur, Michel Nagar, Ganganagar) The Commissionerate is part of the West Bengal Police and is under the administrative control of Home Ministry of West Bengal. It was formed after bifurcation of the North 24 Parganas Police District, and has eleven police stations under its jurisdiction. Shri Laxminarayan Meena has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Bidhannagar City Police. Shri Rajeev Kumar was the first commissioner of Bidhan Nagar City Police.

Earl of Sefton Stakes

The Earl of Sefton Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong (1,811 metres) on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket in mid-April.

Flag semaphore

Flag semaphore (from the Greek σῆμα, sema, meaning sign and φέρω, phero, meaning to bear; altogether the sign-bearer) is the telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags, rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed position. Semaphores were adopted and widely used (with hand-held flags replacing the mechanical arms of shutter semaphores) in the maritime world in the 19th century. It is still used during underway replenishment at sea and is acceptable for emergency communication in daylight or using lighted wands instead of flags, at night.

Flagger (disambiguation)

A flagger is a traffic guard who directs traffic with flags.

Flagger may also refer to:

A member of Color guard (flag spinning)

A performer of the Italian art of flag throwing

A flagging dance

A person who erects the flag of the Confederate States of America

Iranian Traffic Police

Traffic Police of NAJA (Persian: پلیس راهنمایی و رانندگی ناجا‎), abbreviated as RAHVAR (Persian: راهور‎), is a Law enforcement agency in Iran responsible for traffic guard and highway patrol. According to World Health Organization representative in Iran, "no other country in the region has Iran's traffic police technology".

Irish Champion Stakes

The Irish Champion Stakes (Irish: Curadh-Dhuais na hÉireann) is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Kolkata Traffic Police

Kolkata Traffic Police has the job of managing the flow of traffic in the city of Kolkata, India (formerly Calcutta). It is the traffic police unit within the Kolkata Police.

2 deputy commissioners, 8 assistant commissioners, inspectors, sergeants,assistant sub-inspectors, constables etc. work in this department to help motorists reach their destination

safely in minimum time, in a city having roughly 10% roadspace.

New Approach

New Approach (foaled 18 February 2005) is a retired Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and active stallion. In a racing career which lasted from July 2007 to October 2008 he ran eleven times and won eight races. He was undefeated in five races as a two-year-old in 2007 including the National Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. As a three-year-old he won the Epsom Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Champion Stakes and was rated the best racehorse in the world (jointly with Curlin) in the 2008 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. As a breeding stallion, New Approach has sired the classic winners Masar, Dawn Approach and Talent.

Road Traffic Control Department

The Road Traffic Control Department (Russian: Отдел по регулированию уличного движения, tr. Otdel po regulirovaniju ulichnogo dvizhenija), abbreviated as ORUD (Russian: ОРУД), was the road traffic control, highway patrol and traffic law enforcement department of the Soviet Militsiya. It was in operation from 1931 to 1961, when it was merged with the State Automobile Inspectorate.

Sir Henry Cecil Stakes

The Sir Henry Cecil Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old horses. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

Thoroughbred Stakes

The Thoroughbred Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old horses. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.

Traffic barrier

Traffic barriers (sometimes called Armco barriers, also known in North America as guardrails or guard rails and in Britain as crash barriers) keep vehicles within their roadway and prevent them from colliding with dangerous obstacles such as boulders, sign supports, trees, bridge abutments, buildings, walls, and large storm drains, or from traversing steep (non-recoverable) slopes or entering deep water. They are also installed within medians of divided highways to prevent errant vehicles from entering the opposing carriageway of traffic and help to reduce head-on collisions. Some of these barriers, designed to be struck from either side, are called median barriers. Traffic barriers can also be used to protect vulnerable areas like school yards, pedestrian zones, and fuel tanks from errant vehicles.

While barriers are normally designed to minimize injury to vehicle occupants, injuries do occur in collisions with traffic barriers. They should only be installed where a collision with the barrier is likely to be less severe than a collision with the hazard behind it. Where possible, it is preferable to remove, relocate or modify a hazard, rather than shield it with a barrier.To make sure they are safe and effective, traffic barriers undergo extensive simulated and full scale crash testing before they are approved for general use. While crash testing cannot replicate every potential manner of impact, testing programs are designed to determine the performance limits of traffic barriers and provide an adequate level of protection to road users.

Traffic cone

Traffic cones, also called pylons, witches' hats, road cones, highway cones, safety cones, channelizing devices, or construction cones, are usually cone-shaped markers that are placed on roads or footpaths to temporarily redirect traffic in a safe manner. They are often used to create separation or merge lanes during road construction projects or automobile accidents, although heavier, more permanent markers or signs are used if the diversion is to stay in place for a long period of time.

Traffic control (disambiguation)

Traffic control or traffic controller or traffic management or traffic manager may refer to:

Traffic management, a branch of logistics

Road traffic control, directing vehicles and pedestrians around a construction zone etc

Traffic guard or traffic controller, a person who directs road traffic through a temporary traffic control zone

Traffic lights or traffic control signals, signalling devices control flows of road traffic

Traffic light control and coordination

Bandwidth management, measurement and control of communications traffic

Network traffic control, in computer networking

Air traffic management, systems that assist aircraft to depart and land and transit airspace

Air traffic control, a service provided by ground-based air traffic controllers to aircraft

Train dispatcher or rail traffic controller, a person directing the movement of trains

"Traffic Control", a 2019 song by Giriboy

Traffic police

Traffic police or traffic officers, often referred to colloquially as traffic cops, are police officers who direct traffic or serve in a traffic or roads policing unit enforcing rules of the road. Traffic police include officers who patrol major roads and also police who address traffic infractions on other roads. It has been noted that:

...traffic police, who are regarded as peripheral to most police forces, participate in both authoritative intervention and symbolic justice. Perhaps alone of all the assignments, traffic police are full-service police. They are different from the rest, however, because their work is limited to a particular venue — namely, public thoroughfares — and to particular people — namely, those who operate motor vehicles. But in terms of work, traffic police are detectives as well as patrol officers.

Traffic stop

A traffic stop, commonly called being pulled over, is a temporary detention of a driver of a vehicle by police to investigate a possible crime or minor violation of law.

Traffic violations reciprocity

Under traffic violations reciprocity agreements, non-resident drivers are treated like residents when they are stopped for a traffic offense that occurs in another jurisdiction. They also ensure that punishments such as penalty points on one's license and the ensuing increase in insurance premiums follow the driver home. The general principle of such interstate, interprovincial, and/or international compacts is to guarantee the rule "one license, one record."

WWE Slam City

WWE Slam City is an animated show that was produced by WWE, which aired on the WWE Network and Wednesday evenings on Nicktoons. WWE Slam City was based on the Mattel action figure series starring toyetic versions of the then-current WWE roster.

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