Motorists urged to drive safely through roadworks to cut death and injury toll

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued by COI News Distribution Service on 30 August 2011

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Drivers are being urged to take extra care at roadworks as the Highways Agency highlights its safety message to prevent deaths and injuries among road workers and road users.

Twice as many drivers now recognise that they have a responsibility to drive safely near roadworks compared to four years ago, Highways Agency research shows. More than eight out of ten drivers say that their driving changes at roadworks, including slowing down and being more careful and attentive.

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Between 2005 and 2010, nine road workers were killed and 10 seriously injured while working on England’s motorways and major A roads as a direct result of accidents involving drivers travelling through works.

Over the same period seven drivers and three passengers were reported to have been killed while driving through road works

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