Road workers and flaggers are striving to improve South African road conditions. It’s our job as motorists to be alert, aware and responsive to keep our workers safe while they’re hard at work.
It’s been 45 minutes, and you’re late for a meeting - time to skip the line and get moving. Road works are such a pain. . .
This mentality ends in thousands of deaths each year.
What we as motorists often take for granted, is that construction workers and flaggers are hard at work to provide us with safe, well maintained roads and better infrastructure. Construction zones and road works are notoriously dangerous for both workers and motorists alike. According to Arrive Alive, thousands of people die each year as a result of accidents which happen passing through road maintenance or construction zones.
There’s been a significant increase in road works around the country, as the South African government pushes to improve our infrastructure. This means that motorists need to be especially careful, to avoid the number of injuries and fatalities creeping even higher.
As a rule of thumb, motorists should always expect the unexpected. Driving through roadworks, you could encounter a range of unexpected conditions from new traffic patterns to narrow lanes, workers in the road, lane closures, detours, slow moving equipment and concrete barriers.
It’s important to stay alert and limit distractions while passing through road works, we know it’s hard - but WhatsApp can wait! Arrive Alive suggest that motorists take some additional precautions to drive safely through a construction zone:
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