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Keeping drivers and road workers safe

Posted on July 23rd, 2018

We are working hard on the upgrade to the Logan and Gateway motorways. Once completed, our upgrade will improve safety and reliability by making travel times more reliable – making it easier for you to get to where you want to go.

As we work towards this more efficient network, it has never been more important for drivers to be aware of the road conditions when travelling through work zones.

Historically, crash rates have been known to increase during roadwork periods more so than non-roadwork periods, and there are a number of reasons for this.

According to The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety* – Queensland, impatience and distraction are contributing to increased speeds in roadwork zones, putting the lives of road workers in jeopardy. This usually occurs at the approach areas to construction sites with most drivers speeding into construction sites well after passing reduced speed limit signs.

Aside from ignoring signage, a number of drivers are speeding through work zones because they are being influenced by other vehicles on the road.

When driving through work zones, it can be easy to go with the flow of the traffic, especially if the driver behind you is tailgating. Remember, don’t follow the crowd, slow down and be proud.

It’s estimated that each year in Australia, at least 50 deaths and 750 injuries occur to workers and the public in worksite crashes, costing more than $400 million in damages . The easiest way to bring this statistic down is to obey the signs and be aware of workers, even when they may not be visible.

We are working on making a more efficient motorway network – and as such, we ask that all drivers concentrate on the signs in place and make sure they are aware of workers.

And it’s not just roadworkers that drivers need to be aware of. Roadside controls, such as roadside barriers, that are put in place to protect workers are designed based on reduced speed limits. To avoid an accident, it is important that you obey the reduced speed limits.

The responsibility isn’t just on drivers however. Our workers know that they need to be careful when they are working adjacent to or out on the road. They are vulnerable and know to practice care.

To best protect yourself and workers when travelling through a work zone, there are a number of key tips to keep in mind beyond checking for signage and workers:

  • Always keep a safe distance, not just between your vehicle and others; but also with the changed road conditions, ensuring you keep clear of barriers, construction equipment and workers.
  • Try not to be pressured by other vehicles and allow for a minimum two second gap of braking distance between you and the car in front. Stay alert, minimise distractions and be patient of other drivers.
  • Expect the unexpected, especially in the dark or during poor weather. Low light and reduced visibility not only make it hard to read signage but can affect your ability to judge changed conditions.
  • Stay focused on the road and do not be distracted by what works are being undertaken.

With these tips in mind, you can maximise your safety and that of other drivers and road workers. At the end of the day, everyone wants to get home safely, so remember to slow down, respect road workers and share the road.

Andy Richardson
Project Director

*Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2012). A review of the effectiveness of speed control measures in roadworksites. In Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, 20-21 September 2012, Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast, QLD. (