The abuse suffered by road workers forms the focus of a new group campaign.
Central Beds Council and contractors Amey are teaming up to try and make motorists drive considerately through roadworks – and treat road workers with more respect.
The ‘Our Daddies Work Here’ campaign has been launched to help protect road workers who suffer abuse and antisocial behaviour on a daily basis while trying to do their jobs.
Employees of Amey and other firms have also been injured in collisions where motorists have failed to stop or slow down when approaching roadworks.
Speaking at the official campaign launch in Brook Close, Upper Caldecote on Tuesday (October 23) Amey accounts director Jon Shortland spoke about the problems regularly encountered by Amey workers in Chronicle Country.
He said: “Not a day goes by when our employees do not get abuse of some kind or another while they are working on the roads.
“Whether its shouting or swearing at our staff or throwing empty cans or other items from car windows, our workers have to put up with a lot.
“Drivers’ fuses seem to be getting gradually shorter, but these people are not just workers – they are very often husbands and fathers and this campaign emphasises that we are regular people just trying to do our jobs.”
Councillor Budge Wells, deputy executive member for sustainable communities – services at Central Beds Council said: “The behaviour of motorists who put the safety of Amey’s workers at risk is absolutely inexcusable and we are determined to stop it.
“Some drivers seem to think for example that temporary traffic lights are not legally enforceable in the same way that permanent ones are, but we want to emphasise that the rules are exactly the same and always have been.”
Records show that there have been 15 instances of dangerous driving through roadworks or abusive behaviour towards road workers in the last year.
The two organisations want to emphasise the message that this is not acceptable.