October 9, 2019
In the City of Johannesburg, it was found that the level of obedience to speed limits in road works was much lower than elsewhere and that the attitude of some motorists was alarming.
Drivers are at risk in roadworks where the lanes may be narrower, the layouts change and there is no hard shoulder for broken down vehicles. This was confirmed by Mr Nick Stroebel, Site SHE Manager at the roadworks stating that due to the fact that widening has occurred it means that the original lanes have been reduced from 3.7m to 3.3m per lane.
Just because there may not be road workers present it doesn’t mean that the motoring public is not at risk from the unexpected.
Temporary speed signs at roadworks are not suggested speeds – they are the legal limit while the signs are displayed. Workers and motorcyclists are particularly at risk from flying stones and loose surfaces. Loss-of-control accidents are much more likely. One small mistake could easily cost a workman his life.
Additionally, roadworks present a clear danger to motorists and road workers alike – a danger that is often forgotten. Despite all the measures undertaken to maintain safety, approximately 22% of motorway accidents occur at roadworks. In addition road, works are estimated to cause up to 15% of network congestion and are regularly subject to public complaints.
Speed enforcement by the camera has shown a decrease of 55% in the accidents that happened in the construction area, between Maraisburg Road overhead bridge and the Soweto High Way for the period of April 2009 compared to March 2009
“Speeding vehicles are a very real threat to the safety of other drivers and road workers. The road condition may have changed but you may not be aware of this. While under construction or repair, the road surface may not be safe to drive on at the normal speed.“
Drive Slow 👨🏾🦱 Guess what Drive slow. Did someone say Drive Slow 🙂
Something to think about?
When driving in areas of road works think about the construction workers as well. If you get in an accident you don’t only hurt yourself but road workers too. Speeding past can also cause harm to road workers when stones fly. So just be “kuhle” “lekker” drive slow 🙂 👨🏾🦱
Which measures can be taken?
speeding is common at roadworks.
The majority of drivers drive too fast when approaching roadworks.
Drivers often do not reduce their speed until the traffic situation immediately in front of them urges them to do so (just before an abrupt change of circumstances) and consequently brake too hard.
Although ‘fast’ drivers (with a high initial speed) have a relatively larger speed reduction than ‘slow’ drivers, their end speed still is higher.
In addition, changing lanes is left rather late when a lane is closed off (Schuurman, 1991).
- Stick to the speed limit even if it is temporarily in road work areas.
- When driving at night on long roads where there is construction reduce speed
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