With road construction season starting to pick up due to warmer temperatures, it’s time to increase public awareness by getting involved in National Work Zone Awareness Week.
National Work Zone Awareness Week is held April 9-13 as an annual spring campaign that takes place across the United States with partnerships between state departments of transportation (DOT), national road safety organizations, government agencies, private companies, and individuals – like you.
As an employer, you can remind your workers about their responsibility to slow down, pay attention, and be cautious while driving in a work zone – not just in April – throughout the entire year!
Take your time and slow down when driving in an orange zone to prevent an accident!
Driving safely in a work zone is important not only for the workers but also for drivers moving through it. Statistics from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show about 10-15% of work zone fatalities are workers, which mean that about 85-90% are drivers.
The numbers of accidents that occur in work zones are astonishing. Per the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and FHWA, these are the numbers:
- 669 – Number of fatal work zone crashes each year in the U.S.
- 70 - Every day, 70 work zone crashes occur and injury at least one person
- 47% - The percent of fatal work zone crashes on rural interstates that involve large trucks
- 21% - Fatal pedestrian crashes in work zones
- 49% - Fatal truck-involved work zone crashes where the truck hits something or someone in front of it
- 30% - Fatal truck-involved work zone crashes where driver distraction was a factor
- Pay attention to work zone signs
- Leave enough space between you and the motorist in front of you
- Be prepared to stop or slow unexpectedly
- Expect to stop when you see a FLAGGER AHEAD sign
- If stopped or slowed in a traffic queue, consider turning on your flashers to warn traffic coming up behind you
- Watch for traffic and workers going into or out of the work zone
- Get into the open lane as soon as possible at lane closures
- Be aware of motorists racing to get ahead of you or trying to turn in front of you at the last second
- Use alternative routes to avoid work zones whenever feasible
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