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Bucks motorists urged to show respect for road workers
MOTORISTS in Bucks are being asked to respect road workers and help to keep them safe - no matter how inconvenient or annoying the project they are working on may be.
Buckinghamshire County Council says road workers are often subjected to abuse, sounding of car horns and, more worryingly, drivers not obeying temporary traffic lights that are there to protect the workers, risking potentially fatal accidents.
As the number of road schemes increases, due to additional funding being directed towards repairing the road network, the number of ‘near miss’ reports logged by the operatives is also on the increase.
Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is asking road users to show respect for the road workers.
TfB has a code of conduct for their road workers when working on the road which includes: • doing their best to minimise inconvenience to residents affected by road closures; and • ensuring there is adequate provision to enable pedestrians, vulnerable road users and motorists to safely negotiate our works at all times.
They have all been trained in this code of conduct, and all they require in return, says TfB, is the respect that everyone should receive in their place of work.
Nationally, there have been incidents where road workers and members of the public have been killed and seriously injured when warning signs and temporary road layouts have been ignored: roadworks are a dangerous and hazardous environment.
Councillor Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation said: "We have many members of staff who work on the roads, including repair operatives and school crossing patrollers.
"They work tirelessly to make our journeys easier and protect our children, and are sometimes subjected to unbelievable abuse. We hope that all road users continue to be patient and drive carefully through road works and other areas of the road network where our staff are working, bearing in mind the valuable job these people do for them."
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