THE green light has been given to a hard-hitting video to highlight the importance of being safe around roadworks and obeying signals.

The film shows how loved ones could be killed due to the careless actions of drivers.

Wessex Water teamed up with Dorset safety charity SafeWise to produce the video (below).

It was made at the Weymouth centre in Radipole Lane.

It will be shown to visitors in the reception area at SafeWise –including those waiting to attend Driver Awareness Courses – to highlight the dangers of speeding past roadworks.

Wessex Water got involved as the firm regularly carries out work in the highway to maintain and repair water and sewerage pipes.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that every year at least one person dies while working on motorways and major roads in England.

And in the water industry alone three people died and 129 were injured by moving vehicles.

Wessex Water, which has an impressive safety record, said it was important motorists were aware that careless driving while approaching roadworks could have deadly consequences.

Wayne Hansford, repair and maintenance manager at Wessex Water, said: “We complete around 60,000 jobs in the road each year and the signing, lighting and guarding that we set up is essential for keeping the public and our workforce safe.

“Occasionally, cars will speed past roadworks, often trying to beat the lights, which can be dangerous to pedestrians, road workers and the drivers themselves.”

Diana Newbury from Safe- Wise said the charity hoped the video will raise awareness and help keep roads safer in Dorset.

Diana added: “SafeWise is a prevention charity that educates people of all ages how to stay safe in the home, at play and on the road. We are delighted to have worked with Wessex Water to produce this video.

“It is an excellent way to remind people of the dangers around roadworks as we all want our loved ones to return home safely at the end of the day.”