2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week Begins Today
Posted on April 8th, 2019
“Drive like you work here” is the theme for this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which begins today and ends April 12. It’s a fitting notion as many commuters often see work zones as an inconvenience, taking little consideration for the individuals who work in these often-dangerous conditions.
On that, this effective tagline is asking us to do one simple thing: put yourself in the worker’s shoes. That is, if your life were on the line, would you slow down? Be more aware? More understanding?
The answer is yes.
Since 2000, the NWZAW is held each year in the spring (the start of construction season) to encourage safe driving in highway work zones nationwide. The key message here is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.
You may be surprised to learn there were 710 fatal work zone crashes in 2017. The year before there were 687.
So, what are some things to consider when passing through a work zone? Here are some according to the Federal Highway Administration:
- Stay alert and minimize distractions
- Keep your headlights on
- Pay attention to the road (obey road signs, watch traffic around you, etc.)
- Merge into the proper lane
- Leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Change lanes safely
- If there’s a flagger, follow his or her instructions
- Expect the unexpected