It’s National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” This annual campaign by the American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA) is held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones.
Everyone plays a role in work zone safety and NWZAW highlights the deadly dangers of inattention at highway work areas. What can you do to support this initiative?
When you see flashing lights, signs, barrels or workers present, slow down how fast you are traveling.
Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019. In addition, 135 roadway workers were killed in work zones in 2019. The vast majority of people killed were motorists, passengers and pedestrians.
When you’re driving, pay attention to changes in speed limits, road closures, and road workers. Keeping your focus on the road can prepare you for the “unexpected.”
It’s easy to get distracted, but you should always “expect the unexpected.” When you get in your car, make sure you eliminate all distractions so you can focus on the road. Please avoid using your phone, eating while driving, reaching for items, etc.
If we ALL work together, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones! Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.
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