Drivers urged to take care at roadworksSlow down to help keep workers safe

13 August 2007

 

Motorists heading off on their summer holidays are being urged to slow down and take care when driving through roadworks.

Two people were killed last year and 19 seriously injured while working on England's major A roads and motorways.

Highways chiefs are now asking all drivers to pay attention and stick to the reduced speed limits through roadworks.

Speed limit

Highways Agency Director of Traffic Operations, Derek Turner, said: ‘With an average of 3,000 to 4,000 roadworkers on motorways and major A roads at any one time, motorists are being reminded that driving safely through roadworks saves lives.

‘Loss of life, or a serious injury, is a very real threat to these workers. The traffic management that we put out is not there for the sake of it, it's there to serve a purpose - protecting our workers from danger and also keeping the public safe as they drive through the roadworks.’

The Highways Agency's Safety at Roadworks campaign gives six simple messages to drivers approaching road works. They should:

  • keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety
  • get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching;
  • 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 all signs - they are there to help you.

Traffic delays

Edmund King, Executive Director for the RAC Foundation said: ‘In the summer, motorists can become especially irritated with delays on the roads, since they are eager to reach their holiday destination.

‘Unfortunately, this sense of frustration can be the catalyst for reckless driving through road works, in an attempt to speed up the journey. Ironically, speeding through road works leads to accidents and hence further delays.

‘The RAC Foundation would urge holidaymakers to plan ahead this summer, leaving ample time to get to their destination in order to account for delays caused both by road works and increased traffic flows.

‘It is essential that 'back-seat drivers' do not put pressure on their driver to up the pace when there is clearly no option to do so.’