Move over, slow down to protect roadside workers

After four police officers were killed on a Victorian freeway on Wednesday, RACQ said it was a tragic reminder for drivers to move over and slow down when passing emergency services and roadside workers.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was crucial motorists did everything in their power to protect those working at roadside incidents.

“Highspeed roads are incredibly dangerous for anyone who has to be by the roadside and this was a tragic reminder of the risks our incident crews face everyday,” Mr Spalding said. 

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their workplace, and while workers take precautions to minimise risk, they rely on the motorists doing the right thing to ensure they get home safely.

"We need drivers to move over and slow down when they see emergency or incident vehicles or roadside and construction workers near the road. By creating space between the passing vehicle and the worker, it reduces the chances of the worker being hit."

Mr Spalding also urged drivers to remember the Fatal Five every time they got behind the wheel.

“We know that distraction and drivers on their mobile phones is of great concern to many roadside workers, just be taking your eyes off the road for a second can cost someone their life” he said.

“Please make sure you’re up to the task every time you get in the car. That means you’re not speeding, distracted, tired, you haven’t been drinking and you’re wearing your seatbelt. Your life and the lives of others depend on it.”