This week (April 26-30) is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) across the nation and this year’s theme is: Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.
What is National Work Zone Awareness Week? National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a campaign event that takes place across the United States and is held at the start of the construction season. During this week state departments of transportation (DOT), national road safety organizations, government agencies, private companies and individuals spread awareness about work zone safety among all district employees as well as the public. With the key message being that drivers should use extra caution in work zones.
Did you know over 1,500 people (memorialized in a National Work Zone Memorial) have died in work zones, including work zone workers, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement officers, public safety officials (i.e., firefighters and paramedics) and children since 2002?
That number is the reason why creating a campaign was necessary and serves as a reminder that by adhering to safe driving practices, signage, and traffic flaggers, we can greatly reduce the number of fatalities that occur in work zones.
Here are a few #BDTCSafetyTips to keep in mind when traveling through work zones:
- When driving through a work zone at night, pay close attention to workers’ reflective clothing as well as reflective traffic barrels. Oftentimes the reflection of both can be mistaken for the other which can lead to serious harm or injury. Be sure to always stay alert and use caution when driving through work zones at night.
- When approaching a work zone it’s important to slow down and move over/change lanes if possible. This gives you time to acknowledge any signage present, protects workers potentially in the area, and helps you avoid last-minute lane changes that can increase incidences of accidents.
- When approaching a work zone, slow down and be aware of signage and flaggers. If you notice a flagger, be sure to stop within 50ft in order to keep a safe distance between you and the flagger. Even if a flagger grants you permission to pass through a work zone, always proceed with caution. If a flagger is not on duty, look for signage, slow down, and be cautious of oncoming traffic.
These are just a few ways you can help reduce the number of accidents and fatalities that occur in construction zones. Always approach a work zone with caution and you can make a difference for workers and drivers alike.
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