A hard-hitting video showing how loved ones could be killed due to the careless actions of drivers negotiating roadworks is to be shown to visitors to SafeWise.

The Dorset based safety charity will be playing the video in their reception area to visitors including those waiting to attend Driver Awareness Courses, which are delivered at the centre, in a bid to highlight the dangers of speeding past roadworks.

The video was produced in partnership with Wessex Water, who regularly carry out work in the highway to maintain and repair water and sewerage pipes.

National statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that every year at least one person dies while working on motorways and major roads in England.

And in the water industry alone three people died and 129 were injured by moving vehicles.

Wessex Water, which has an impressive safety record, said it was important motorists were aware that careless driving while approaching roadworks could have deadly consequences.

Wayne Hansford, repair and maintenance manager at Wessex Water, added : “We complete around 60,000 jobs in the road each year and the signing, lighting and guarding that we set up is essential for keeping the public and our workforce safe.

“Occasionally, cars will speed past roadworks, often trying to beat the lights, which can be dangerous to pedestrians, road workers and the drivers themselves.”

Diana Newbury from SafeWise said they hoped the video will raise awareness and help keep roads safer in Dorset.

Diana added: “SafeWise is a prevention charity that educates people of all ages how to stay safe in the home, at play and on the road. We are delighted to have worked with Wessex Water to produce this video.

“It is an excellent way to remind people of the dangers around roadworks as we all want our loved ones to return home safely at the end of the day.”

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Liz Packer