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ROAD WORKER SAFETY

‘Respect Our Road Workers’ launched with hard hitting DVD  

Road workers regularly survive near-misses when other vehicles enter road works despite the presence of warning signs. The Highways Agency (HA) has launched a new safety campaign, Respect Our Road Workers, including a hard-hitting DVD looking at the lack of respect some drivers have for road workers and the consequences their actions could have. The message is that road workers deserve space and respect to do their work as much as other professionals.

Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, said: “Between 2003 and 2007, 10 roadworkers were killed and 81 were seriously injured while working on motorways and major A roads in England. One accident is one too many, and these tragic incidents are avoidable. Road workers are out there doing a job to make journeys better for road users. They work close to moving traffic every day and deserve our respect for doing so. Our new toolkit is about encouraging drivers to use appropriate behaviour whilst driving through roadworks, to respect those working there and to help the construction and maintenance industry to do as much as it can for them too.” There are six simple messages for drivers near road works:

  1. Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety;
  2. Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching;
  3. Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadwork;
  4. Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadwork;
  5. Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front and;
  6. Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

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