Slow down at roadworks, drivers are urged
DRIVERS are being urged to slow down in roadworks areas such as Laira Bridge.
Families of highways workers are heading a new safety campaign on behalf of their relatives.
They say many mums and dads out maintaining Plymouth's roads – often in tough weather – face speeding cars just inches away.
The 'SLOW DOWN! My Family Works Here' campaign has been instigated by contractor Amey, Plymouth City Council's highways maintenance partner, and is being supported by Devon and Cornwall Police.
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It features vehicle stickers and signage showing Amey staff with members of their family and slogans such as "SLOW DOWN! My Daddy works here" and "SLOW DOWN! Kill your speed not my Daughter".
Victoria Hutchin, Amey's watchman-in-chief in Plymouth said: "The highest risk of injury or death for Amey's Plymouth workforce is from traffic passing our sites too fast or without due care.
"All our operatives wear bright yellow when out on site, but it's not enough to keep them safe.
"You'd be amazed at how many people drive recklessly past road works, even entering coned areas where my people are at work.
"We're hoping that showing our workers with family members will help humanise them, and encourage drivers to be more aware and simply slow down.
"No one wants to be the reason someone's daddy doesn't come home from work at the end of the day."
Amey's risk register shows over one third of 'near misses' were due to traffic-related incidents.
Ray Li, the company's highways technician, who lives in Peverell, features in the campaign with his son, two-year-old Joshua.
"I think it's a great campaign," he said. "Everyone who works on the roads is very aware of how risky it is to be so close to live traffic."
PC Ian Baggott, the police's road casualty reduction officer for the city said: "The men and women who work for Amey are doing their best to maintain the road network upon which everyone relies for their daily journeys. They deserve the respect and consideration of the motoring public."