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Road workers help secure driver conviction

Road workers have won praise for reporting a man who drove past a ‘road closed’ sign and through an area of night works.

The offender has received an 18-month driving ban and been ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid community work after the incident in Dorset.

It happened on the A30/A35, where a partnership of Balfour Beatty and South West Highways is responsible for maintenance.

Workers took down the car’s registration and reported the incident to the police.

Balfour Beatty project manager David May said: “Thanks go to our workforce who reported the incident and were prepared to come forward and provide the evidence that led to this conviction. There was also great support from the local management to provide assistance and information whenever required. 

“I am pleased to see that the court has taken this matter seriously and handed down a significant sanction. It was fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured during this incident.”

South West Highways safety manager Tim Pegler added: “It is remarkable that no-one on site was badly injured or worse. The action of our agent to protect his mates goes beyond what our people should have to do in the course of their work.”

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  • Glad to see the police & court taking this seriously. 18-months for driving past a sign seems unduly harsh, but this linked story paints the full picture:

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