Roadworker’s Safety Research – Phase Two
- Published: Highways Agency, 2006
- Authors: Highways Agency
- Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
- Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
Objectives: To inform the Highways Agency strategy towards improving road workers’ safety, specifically by identifying higher risk drivers’ perceptions of roadworks and road workers.
Methodology: Qualitative research through questionnaires to two selected groups:
Higher risk drivers (those who have been banned from driving or taken a driver improvement / speed awareness course in order to avoid a ban), 617 responses analysed; and,Improvement professionals (those who train or rehabilitate driving offenders), 31 responses analysed.
Initial interviews with a small number from each group were carried out in order to inform questionnaire design.
Different initiatives to improve safety will meet with differing successes depending on driver age and behaviour.
“In general, a combination of education, information and enforcement initiatives would appear to be likely to have the most effect.
The use of VMS (factual and to the point), variable speed limits, and displaying the speed of vehicles when entering roadworks, are expected to be successful for most driving behaviours.
Motorway driving tests and educating drivers about the importance of driving safely at roadworks are also expected to be successful for most driving behaviours and particularly for hesitant drivers.”
Improvement professionals believed enforcement initiatives would be successful, in particular average speed checks and a police presence.
Attitudes, high risk drivers, improvement professionals
Qualitative only, but this study outlines some underlying beliefs and behaviours which are linked to safety of driver behaviour at road works.