Miniature CCTV cameras have been installed at roadworks across Sheffield in a bid to catch motorists putting workers at risk.
The ‘Cone Cams’ have been installed following a series of ‘near misses’ at roadworks being carried out as part of Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead programme, which will see every road and pavement resurfaced in the city over the next two decades.
Workers have also reported verbal abuse and drivers mounting pavements and grass verges to drive through or around roadworks.
Streets Ahead Director Graeme Symonds said: “The safety of all the Streets Ahead workers is paramount and this is one of the main reasons to install the Cone Cams.
“It is vital that drivers respect the people who are out there making these improvements to the city’s roads, pavements and streetscene and that means taking notice of the signs, slowing down and not driving into coned off areas.
“Streets Ahead is a massive project to resurface the city’s roads within five years. We know no-one likes roadworks and we do our best to minimise disruption and delays. We do occasionally need to close roads so that our crews can carry out their work safely and efficiently and unfortunately we are seeing an increasing number of incidents where motorists are putting our teams, and potentially themselves, in a dangerous situation by driving into roadwork sites
“We hear of near misses from cars driving through roadworks and of employees subjected to verbal abuse by drivers and this is not acceptable.”