National Work Zone Awareness Week 2018

April 13, 2018


Every spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring attention to the topic of safety of the traveling public and construction workers during construction season. This year, NWZAW was held from April 9-13, 2018. Work zones are a necessity when it comes to maintaining and upgrading roads across the state. It takes the cooperation, focus, and respect of drivers in and around work zones for construction to be successful and our workers to be safe.


Every year, about 600 people are killed in roadway work zones. In an average year, about 90 workers are killed in work zones; most of these due to a vehicle entering a marked off area of construction. It is absolutely vital for drivers to eliminate as many distractions as possible as they approach and drive through work zones. 





What can drivers do to increase safety for themselves and construction workers?*


Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving in a work zone can have deadly consequences. Put down your phone and keep your eyes on the road.


Don't Speed or Tailgate

Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you and don't speed. Tailgating and speeding lead to crashes with other vehicles and field workers.


Pay Attention to Other Drivers

Narrowed traffic patterns provide less ability to maneuver around other vehicles safely. Paying attention can prevent the need for evasive actions in work zones.


Obey Road Crews and Signs

Flaggers know how best to move traffic safely in work zones. The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely.


Be Patient and Stay Calm

Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better. Stay calm and drive safely.


Wear Your Seatbelt

It's your best defense in a crash.