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When we aren’t there – remember to be aware

Posted on July 12th, 2018

We’re working hard on the upgrade to your network. We’re urging drivers to keep aware of road workers, even when they may not be visible on the road.

While it’s great to see drivers slowing down when they can see road workers, many drivers are ignoring the reduced speed limits when workers are not visible.

The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland, state that drivers will travel about 20% slower when they see workers than if they do not. I’m urging drivers that risks are still very much present, even when road workers may not be.

Even if they aren’t there, drivers still need to be aware. The road is changing every day and as such, look out for signage and make sure your journey is a safe one.

While drivers may think that an empty roadwork site during the day means that it will remain empty at night, this is rarely the case. The majority of roadworks on our motorways take place at night, and unfortunately we’re finding that drivers are speeding more after the sun goes down.

Speeding at night through work zones puts lives at risk – it’s that simple. While our workers wear hi-vis, speeding reduces the time to react. We want to make sure that everyone makes it home safe, so remember to follow reduced speed limits.

While road workers are typically out on the road at night – this doesn’t mean that risks don’t exist during times when they aren’t on site either.

It’s not just workers that drivers need to keep an eye out for – roadworks often mean changed conditions such as the narrowing of the road or shoulders. This can create an increased risk of a crash if reduced speed limits aren’t followed, so always remember to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front, slow down and be aware.

To ensure the safety of all drivers and road workers (even when they may not be immediately visible), there are a number of tips that drivers should keep in mind before buckling up.

Be aware of signage and keep at least a two second gap between yourself and the car ahead. Expect the unexpected – even when road workers aren’t around, there may be lane closures, or narrowed road or shoulder widths. Stay alert and avoid distractions.

We hope that you keep these tips in mind while we work to build a safer network. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.

Andy Richardson
Project Director