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    ROADWORKS SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO CUT WORKER DEATHS

    Powerful video drives home need for safe travel through roadworks

    There is a large number of road workers, traffic officers, and other operatives working on live carriageways on England’s motorways and trunk roads, often just a few feet from vehicles travelling at high speed.

    Eight road workers have died in the last three years whilst working on the strategic road network in England. In addition there are many near misses, with members of the public driving through coned off areas or colliding with works vehicles.

    In the light of upcoming road improvements across the country the Highways Agency is urging drivers to take extra care and obey speed limits at roadworks, to prevent deaths and injuries among both road users and road workers.

    Essential that all road users play their part

    Speed limits, cones, and narrow lanes are designed to keep road users safe, as well as provide a safe area for workers. The measures smooth out the flow of traffic, give drivers more warning of hazards and reduce the risk of collisions involving road users and workers.

    Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said:

    “It is absolutely essential that all road users play their part when driving through roadworks, and keep within the signed speed limit. Those few seconds you might save by travelling too fast could cost lives.”

     

    To reduce the risk of incidents, drivers approaching roadworks are asked to:

    • Speed – keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
    • Lanes – Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching lanes.
    • Concentrate – on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
    • Alertness – be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
    • Distance – keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
    • Compliance – observe and comply with all signs – they are there to help you.
    • Respect – be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace.

    Derek Turner, Director of Network Delivery and Development for the Highways Agency added said

    “Road workers do a difficult and dangerous job carrying out vital work to keep our roads safe and well-maintained. But they face danger every day while working close to fast moving traffic, in all weather conditions, and often at night.”

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