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HIGWAYS AGENCY PLEA ON ROADWORKER SAFETY

Motorists urged to drive safely to cut death and injury toll

The Highways Agency is urging drivers to take extra care and obey speed limits at roadworks in Central Southern England, to prevent deaths and injuries among both road users and road workers.

Eight road workers have died in the last three years whilst improving and maintaining 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.

Investment in road improvements across the country over the next two years mean there will be more roadworks with road workers working on live carriageways, as well as traffic officers and other road operatives, a very short distance from high speed traffic.

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.”

Road users must play their part driving through roadworks

Tim Lyver, Highways Agency Service Delivery Team Leader, 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.”

Speed limits, cones, and narrow lanes are there to keep road users safe, as well as provide a safe area for workers – often enabling us to keep roads open while essential work takes place. These measures smooth out the flow of traffic, give drivers more warning of hazards and reduce the risk of collisions involving road users and workers.”

To reduce the risk of incidents drivers approaching roadworks should:

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

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