Campaign to stop abuse of Devon's road workers

PUBLISHED: 13:23 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

A NEW campaign to protect road workers from abuse and dangerous driving has been launched by county highways bosses. A new DVD has been produced after a recent figures showed that 77 per cent of Devon s highway crews had suffered abuse from passing driv

A NEW campaign to protect road workers from abuse and dangerous driving has been launched by county highways bosses.

A new DVD has been produced after a recent figures showed that 77 per cent of Devon's highway crews had suffered abuse from passing drivers.

More than half had had a near miss with a vehicle, while 40 per cent had objects like beer cans thrown at them by passing motorists - and 13 per cent had suffered injuries.

Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, said: "Between 2003 and 2007, 10 road workers 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. "

The hard-hitting "Respect" film shows a car crashing through a busy classroom, an operating theatre during surgery and then into a coned off part of a road where people are at work - the car then collides with a road worker.

Malcolm Roberts, Highways Agency Area Manager covering Devon and Cornwall, said: "Driving safely through road works can save lives. Loss of life, or a serious injury, is a very real threat to these workers, and so is physical and verbal abuse. They are out there doing their job. The road is their office.

"Cones, barriers, signs and reduced speed limits are there for a reason - to protect our workers in Devon and Cornwall from danger and keep the public safe. I urge all drivers to pay close attention to safety when driving near road works."

He added that if drivers kept within the speed limit, avoided switching lanes, concentrated on the road not the works, were alert for works traffic, kept a safe distance and observed all signs the dangers of having an accident could be decreased.

For more information about the "Respect our Road Workers" campaign, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roadworker

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