Motorists urged to observe traffic rules to ensure safety of road workers

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Queensland motorists are urged to slow down while driving through roadworks to ensure the safety of road workers.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Tony James said each year about 100 traffic controllers received work-related injury requiring medical treatment or time off work, with at least one fatality.

“Simply checking your intended routes and leaving plenty of time to get to and from your holiday destination means you won’t have to speed and you won’t get frustrated slowing down for roadworks,” said Mr. James.

“Few worksites present as many work safety risks as roadworks do. Drivers must realise that when they ignore reduced speed limit signs or traffic controller insgtructions and drive dangerously through these sites, they are endangering the lives of men and women who are simply trying to do their jobs.”

Aside from speeding, other offences that some motorists commit include failing to stop at either traffic lights or hand-held signage, and entering closed off lanes, into the path of oncoming traffic.

“People have got to get the message that this kind of behaviour is not okay,” said Mr. James. “It’s disrespectful, it’s foolish and it’s dangerous – and that’s apart from the obvious risk of demerit points and hefty fines as well as vehicle damage.”

“Slow down, drive to changed conditions and obey signage and road traffic controllers’ directions.”

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