Reminder to Wear Orange

  • Reminder to Wear Orange

Reminder to Wear Orange

National Work Zone Awareness Week is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration to bring national attention to drivers and worker safety and mobility in work zones.

And with road projects gearing up to begin across the region - MDOT is asking residents to keep safety in mind.

Many factors contribute to work zone accidents, including speeding, cell phone use and inattentive, distracted or aggressive driving.

INDOT will oversee more than 300 construction contracts, resurface 3,047 lane miles of pavement, work on 41 capital projects for traffic mobility and safety, improve dozens of interchanges and intersection, and reconstruct 486 bridges and structures. Those penalties double for a driver who causes a death in a work zone. "Work zones are extremely risky, and that number could be significantly reduced if motorists would simply slow down, be patient, turn off their cellphones, and obey posted signs and directions from flaggers in work zones". "We're featuring our own employees in outreach materials, to show the real people behind the barrels".

"How you drive is the most important part of keeping our work zones safe", Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said. According to preliminary 2016 data, there were 2,027 work zone crashes in Alabama, resulting in 14 fatalities and 645 injuries. About 12 of those every year are in Maryland. Last year, it was hosted in Ohio.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is warning drivers about the dangers of driving through construction zones. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in support of work zone safety across the country.

"I just look at them and think, 'I wish I could just pull over and share my story, ' because our lives were changed just due to one driver's actions", said Laurie Moser. "Please, if you are traveling through a work zone, slow down, avoid distractions in your vehicle and pay special attention to your surroundings". SHA utilizes social media, billboards, television and radio public service announcements and grassroots outreach. The association also leads the nation in work zone safety training and education for roadway workers.