Safer Roads Humber works closely with the Highways Agency in enforcing speed limits at major road works across the region.
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According to research by Dr Stephen Roberts reported in The Lancet, roadworkers have the 16th most hazardous occupation in Great Britain; higher even than for military personnel.
11 roadworkers were killed in roadworks on motorways or trunk roads in England between October 2000 and February 2002. This equates to a 1 in 1000. (Source: HSE 2002)
1,500 people on motorways and trunk roads were injured in roadworks during the year 2000 in more than 800 accidents. Many other accidents go unreported. (Source: TRL 2000)
Latest figures show there are twenty-two deaths and over 800 serious accidents every year at road works mainly because drivers drive too fast.
The Highways Agency who manages roadworks advise drivers on six life-saving requirements to keep drivers, their passengers and road workers safe. These are:
Keep to 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 roadwork
Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadwork
Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front
Observe all signs - they are there to help you
Drivers must ensure they keep to the speed limit at road works. This is imposed for their safety, the safety of their passengers and the safety of staff carrying out the work.
By speeding at roads works drivers are saying their time is worth more than the life of a road worker.
Road Tales – from the Highways Agency website
The following tales are based on real events. Names and locations have been changed.
Trevor, 41, is married with 2 children...
"I was working on the central reservation of the M42 repairing a crash barrier when a car swerved off the main carriageway through the cones and into me. I was off work for three months...I feel lucky to be alive."
Dave was just 29 years old...
"The call came at four in the morning. They just said he had been in an accident and he wouldn't have suffered. I later found out that the vehicle that hit him was going too fast despite the speed limit in the roadwork."
Frank has 2 children...
"I don't feel any anger towards the driver that hit me. She probably didn't even know I was there."
Trevor, Dave and Frank are just three of the many roadworkers killed and injured in over 800 reported accidents every year.
For further details regarding roadworks across the country visit www.highways.gov.uk