Steer Clear: SAFE Roads
Winter 2023 Campaign
The 2023 SAFE Roads winter campaign launched December 18 and focuses on reminding drivers to
Steer Clear during snow clearing operations.
It's essential to be mindful of crews clearing roadways to ensure travel is easier and safer for everyone. Drivers play an important role in snow clearing efforts and can help ensure the operation is done as safely and efficiently as possible.
See below for some reminders on what you can do when you see snow clearing equipment out on the streets, and how you can stay safe.
- Be patient and stay a safe distance from equipment when streets are being cleared;
- Give workers the space they need to work;
- Consider taking an alternate route when you see them working.
They're Not in Your Way, They're at Work: SAFE Roads
Spring 2023 Campaign
The 2023 spring campaign launched on May 15 to remind motorists of the importance of sharing the road with workers. The theme for this year's campaign is
They're Not in Your Way, They're at Work, which is an important reminder to slow down so road workers can work safely. The campaign will increase awareness through social media, radio spots and billboards.
Click here for full media release and below for campaign creative.
Steer Clear: SAFE Roads
Winter 2022 Campaign
The 2022 SAFE Roads campaign launched on December 12 and it's reminding drivers to
Steer Clear during a snow clearing operation.
Once the snow starts to fall drivers want the snow-covered roads cleared so it's easier and safer to get to their destinations, and that's the goal as crews work to clear city streets.
Drivers play an important role in snow clearing efforts and can help ensure the operation is done as quick as possible and in a safe manner. See below for some reminders on what you can do when you see snow clearing equipment out on the streets, and how you can stay safe.
- remain patient and stay back while streets are cleared
- give them space to work
- be patient or take an alternate route when you see them working
- drive safe and stay back
- don't risk a collision with heavy equipment
Speeding Will Get You Here Faster: SAFE Roads
Spring 2022 Campaign
The 2022 SAFE Roads campaign officially launched today in Winnipeg and Brandon. The annual campaign serves as a reminder to motorists to reduce their speed and drive with extra caution as the summer construction season brings more workers to Manitoba roadways.
The theme for this year's campaign is Speeding Will Get You Here Faster, which focuses on the many consequences of speeding and aims to increase awareness through social media, radio spots and billboards that feature construction workers, emergency responders and others who make their living on and near our roadways.
here for full media release and below for campaign creative.
Keep Your Rage Off The Road: SAFE Roads
Keep Your Rage Off The Road
is the theme for the 2021 SAFE Roads summer campaign. Road rage is increasingly threatening people who work our roadways. Workers have been injured, with even more near misses, because motorists are impatient driving through construction zones, around emergency/utility workers and other roadwork crews.In 2021, tensions are running higher than usual. There’s never a good reason for taking out your frustration on the road —
especially not on the people who work on or near the roads. They’re just doing their jobs, and you can help by just slowing down and driving cautiously when you’re near them. Keep your rage off the road. That’s the message from the SAFE Roads committee to Manitoba drivers this year.
Click here to read the full media release, and see below for the videos created for the campaign:
Greetings from Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure
Greetings from Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman
Greetings from Richard Deacon, President and CEO of Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
Winter 2021 campaign
Stay back and stay safe. The SAFE Roads Winter 2021 campaign asks drivers to watch for heavy equipment clearing snow on our roads. Loaders are large and change directions frequently. Collisions with such large equipment are dangerous. Staying clear keeps drivers safe, and allows the crew to clear the roadways more quickly.
2020 SAFE Roads campaign launch
The 2020 SAFE Roads campaign officially launched Wednesday, May 20, 2020, with the theme of Slow Down. We Work Where You Drive. This annual campaign reminds motorists to lower their speed and drive with extra caution as the summer construction season brings more workers to Manitoba roadways.
Click here to read the full news release, and see below for video messages created for the 2020 launch:
Chris Lorenc – President of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association & Chair of the SAFE Roads Committee
Ron Schuler – Minister of Infrastructure
Brian Bowman – Mayor of Winnipeg
Jamie Hall – Chief Operating Officer, SAFE Work Manitoba
About the SAFE Roads Campaign: Asking Motorists to Help Protect Workers' Safety
The SAFE Roads Manitoba Committee is a community initiative led by key public/private stakeholders committed to educating and encouraging motorists to engage in respectful and safe driving practices.
Established in 2004,the SAFE Roads vision is to educate motorists and the general public in following safe and respectful driving practices - protecting the safety of construction workers, utility company staff, emergency services personnel, equipment operators and others who work on and adjacent to our roadways.
SAFE Roads is effectively delivering its key message, “Slow Down. We Work Where You Drive,” to its audiences. Our research shows that the vast majority of people who have seen and/or heard the SAFE Roads campaign message are more considerate and understanding of workers and their designated work zones.
This initiative is helping to expand the safety message. As motorists, we have a responsibility to ensure those with whom we share the road get home safely at the end of each day. An open road can pose safety issues for anyone, especially when the road is your workplace and a steady stream of heavy vehicles rushes past you every day.
SAFE Roads is a joint safety effort of the following community stakeholders:
- City of Winnipeg Public Works
- City of Brandon
- Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM)
- Heavy Equipment and Aggregate Truckers (HEAT)
- Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU)
- Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA)
- Manitoba Hydro
- Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT)
- Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)
- Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)
- Office of the Fire Commissioner
- SAFE Work Manitoba
- Winnipeg Fire & Paramedics Service (WFPS)
- Winnipeg Police Service (WPS)
- WORKSAFELYTM MHCA
Some of the SAFE Roads committee members shared their stories about why it’s so important for drivers to understand when workers are present. Construction, utility, emergency and snow clearing workers all work where we drive.
President, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association & Chair, SAFE Roads Committee
Chief Operating Officer, SAFE Work Manitoba
President, Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs
Safety Coordinator, City of Winnipeg, Public Works Department
Workplace Safety Officer, Manitoba Hydro
Maintenance Worker, Manitoba Infrastructure
For more information about the SAFE Roads campaign, please contact
MHCA at 204-947-1379.
The SAFE Roads Committee is a voluntary association of key stakeholders committed to educating motorists and the general public to respect SAFE driving policies to protect the safety of construction, utility and emergency services personnel and other who work kin or adjacent to the public right of way by driving safety and respectfully past these workers.