Please drive safely on Powys roads – Powys County Council

Please drive safely on Powys roads – Powys County Council

14 August 2023

Please drive safely

Powys County Council highways staff are having to deal with increasing numbers of drivers jumping temporary red lights, ignoring stop signs, and speeding through road works. Not only is this driving behaviour illegal, it is also putting the hardworking highways teams at risk of serious injury.

To encourage drivers to slow down, obey temporary traffic notices and respect staff working on the roads, Powys County Council will be taking a week (14-20 August) to highlight the risks that the highways teams must deal with on a daily basis, with staff sharing their experiences of dangerous situations caused by inconsiderate driving.

Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, said: “I was stunned to hear of the situations that our highways teams are placed in whilst simply doing their jobs and ensuring that the thousands of miles of roads in Powys are maintained, repaired and improved.

“The number of ‘near misses’ that our teams encounter due to the negligence of some drivers is unacceptable. Our highways teams need your help to stay safe, so please drive carefully so they can get home to their families.

“We want to actively encourage all drivers to consider the safety of our highways teams when out on the roads doing their job. We understand that road works can be frustrating, but that is no excuse to disobey traffic notices, jump red lights or be rude to the workers.

“The safety of our staff is paramount, and dangerous driving through roadworks must stop.”

You can keep up to date with the plight of our highways teams during the week, by following the council’s social media pages: