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'Screaming' traffic cone could save lives, full report

A Leicestershire company has invented a traffic cone which could help save lives.

Eight roadworkers have been killed in the last three years but now the Intellicone could help to reduce that number.

It has an in-built alarm which screeches if it is touched and sends a warning text message to workers. Kate Fisher reports.


'Screaming' traffic cone launched to cut roadworker deaths

Sign advising motorists to be careful when passing. Credit: PA

An 'intelligent' road cone which screams when hit by a vehicle will help save lives, claims the Highways Agency.

In the last three years, eight roadworkers have been killed by motorists while undertaking maintenance work on motorways and major A roads.

The cone works by 'screaming' when it's hit by a passing vehicle, which often happens at high speed.

This week the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the road network in England, is campaigning for drivers to take extra care and obey speed limits through roadworks.