Roadworker Campaign Receives Industry Support
Our Roadworker Abuse campaign, in association with counterparts BEAR Scotland and Amey, has received overwhelming support from across the industry.
During the awareness week, the organisations were inundated with messages of support across the media and social platforms.
The campaign, which ran between the 24th of June and the 1st of July, was backed by organisations the likes of the RAC, who’s Road Safety Spokesman Simon Williams said:
“Those working to fix and improve our roads deserve our respect rather than the shocking abuse many are often subjected to. Anyone who abuses road workers, either physically or verbally, should be reported to the police. We urge motorists who witness this kind of behaviour from others to remember the number plate of the offending vehicle and then to get in contact with the police.”
Safety specialists at RoSPA Scotland also provided their support, with Road Safety Manager for RoSPA in Scotland, Sandy Allan adding:
“Respecting the safety of those working close to ‘live traffic’ is essential. Everyone is entitled to feel and be safe on our roads and especially individuals who are more exposed than those driving. Essential works undertaken on our roads benefit all, and these cannot always be achieved without limited disruption.”
This was a sentiment echoed by Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health:
“These findings about dangerous driving and the abuse of road workers by motorists are still shocking and unacceptable, with more injuries reported in this year’s figures despite an overall decline. Road workers – like all of us – have the right to safe and healthy working conditions for their essential and difficult work and we urge all road-users to support them and this campaign.”
While motoring experts IAM Roadsmart demanded mutual respect on the UK’s trunk roads and motorways.
The organisation’s Policy & Research Director, Neil Greig concluded:
“Roadworks may be unpopular but they are absolutely vital to ensure that our roads are kept safe and fit for purpose. Mutual respect on our roads is essential and this must extend to those working hard to improve and repair them so we can all enjoy smooth trouble free journeys in the future. Incidents like these just add to delays and a little patience goes a long way in reducing stress for everyone using and working on our main routes.”