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Keeping Australia’s roads and workzones safe this Christmas

With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Government and industry are calling for more awareness and safety on the country’s roads.
With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Government and industry are calling for more awareness and safety on the country’s roads.
Saferoads’ T-Lok barrier is used as a protective measure for roadworks on a range of road construction projects.

At this time of year, the infrastructure sector is particularly frantic.

Australia has had significant rain this winter and it’s all systems go now as drying conditions allow contractors top steam ahead with construction works.

It’s a time of year when road usage increases and demands are high of the road network and the workforce who are ultimately working longer hours to get projects finished, and meet pressing deadlines.

It’s also a time of year when road safety and road safety awareness can play a part.

According to the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development’s Road Deaths Monthly Bulletin – Oct 16, the Road death toll has risen by 6.5% YTD in 2016 in comparison with 2015 (incl. Oct-16 data).

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester is calling on all road users to be extra vigilant on Australian roads leading into a period where historically crashes and fatalities rise.

With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Government and industry are calling for more awareness and safety on the country’s roads.
Safety solutions specialist Saferoads has a solar lighting products available.

“Too many people are being killed and injured on our roads and I fear we have become accepting of road trauma as a price we have to pay for a modern transport system,” said Mr. Chester.

“The past two years have seen increased deaths on Australia’s roads. In 2014, 1,150 people were killed and in 2015 it was 1205 people.

“In 2016 to the end of October, we have already had 1,081 deaths—which is again up from 1,015 at the same time last year.

“Millions of people will be travelling on our national highways over the holidays, and last year alone 39 people were killed in road crashes over the 12 day Christmas holiday period from 23 December. This is a national tragedy and one that can be reduced if we all play our part.

Road Safety is a critical issue and particularly around work zones, intersections and regional roads and highways.  The industry, like the public, is seeing far too many fatalities and we all need to take note.

“Saferoads is committed to road safety and remind motorists and workers that over the next few weeks, road safety awareness can play a major role in reducing road death toll,” said Trent Loveless, Saferoads National Manager – Road Safety Barriers.

Saferoads' innovative rumble strip product - the RoadQuake.
Saferoads’ innovative rumble strip product – the RoadQuake.

One of the company’s feature products, the T-Lok barrier is used on a range of major projects to provide protection for construction workforces and motorists while major infrastructure projects are being delivered.

Over the Christmas period the infrastructure sector will see major shutdowns and workers taking holiday breaks. Products like the T-Lok Barrier are designed to ensure work zones are still adequately delineated and protected during this period.

Saferoads provide a range of products designed to minimise road related deaths including:

– Workzone products

– Roadside products

– Permanent barriers

– Hire barriers and equipment (during construction)

– Road lighting

– Solar lighting solutions

“At this time of year, it’s a great opportunity to remind all road users to take care, be patient, and to be more aware of your surrounding particularly on the road,” said Mr. Loveless.

“From the team at Saferoads, best wishes for the holiday season.”

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