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Safe driving through roadworks 16 February 2007

The Department of Transport has joined forces with the Water Authority, the Manx Electricity Authority, Manx Gas and Manx Telecom to warn motorists of the dangers posed by driving recklessly, or at high speed, through roadworks.

In recent years there have been incidents of construction workers, both from the Department and the utilities, being hit by vehicles, along with many near misses. These are usually the result of motorists either driving too fast or not taking sufficient care when passing workers and their vehicles parked on site.

The Safe Driving Through Roadworks campaign, which is being supported by the police, aims to highlight the dangers to construction workers on our roads.

Road Safety Manager Gordon Edwards explained:

‘The main purpose of this campaign is to make motorists aware that, for these construction workers, the site is their “office” – the place they come to work. ‘If you work in an office, for example, then you will be used to having a relatively safe working environment. One of the images we are using for the campaign is of an office worker sitting behind his desk, situated in the middle of a roadworks site.
‘The message is clear: try imagining yourself working in that position – with cars, motorbikes, vans and lorries flying past at all speeds.
‘We are urging motorists to slow down and be careful when moving through roadworks, as this is a perfect example of when the message safe drivers think of others should be heeded. If there is a speed limit, keep to it.’

The campaign, which comprises posters and a radio advert to be played across the three radio stations, was launched today (Thursday, February 15th) at the Grandstand.

Nigel Foster, Highway Services Manager, said:

‘The campaign has the support of the Joint Utilities Group, which consists of representatives from the Department, the Isle of Man Water Authority, Manx Gas, Manx Telecom and the MEA.
‘We know roadworks can be an inconvenience to motorists, but the traffic management that is put in place is necessary to safeguard not just the construction workers, but motorists too.
‘We are just asking motorists to be aware at all roadworks that they are driving past just a few feet away from construction workers, where the slightest error of judgement could prove very serious.’

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