Police Safety Plan for A46; TRAFFIC: Unmarked Cars to Monitor Speeds and Protect Workers

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), June 29, 2009 | Go to article overview

Police Safety Plan for A46; TRAFFIC: Unmarked Cars to Monitor Speeds and Protect Workers


Byline: Emma Stone

UNMARKED police cars will be used to monitor traffic travelling on the busy A46 in Warwickshire in a bid to protect road workers from speeding motorists.

The Warwickshire Police operation, which will also include roadside speed cameras, has been mounted on the approach to the Longbridge Roundabout.

As work on the by-pass continues, construction workers are working closer to the live lanes on the dual carriageway.

Police say, despite new temporary speed restrictions being placed on the A46, drivers are still travelling at speeds that are putting themselves and those working on the carriageway in danger.

Sergeant Adrian Davis, of Warwickshire Police, said: "Although roadworks are planned carefully, with safety being a top priority, the road workers are particularly vulnerable as they are frequently only separated from moving traffic by little more than a line of plastic cones and a nominal safety zone.

"The aim of the speed check operation is to educate motorists to the dangers of travelling at speed through road works, to persuade them to exercise care and stick to the advised speed limit and also to maintain lane discipline. …

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