Part of my job is to let people know the importance of paying attention and being cautious when driving through highway work zones. This morning, I’d like to take a few moments to let you know this is National Work Zone Awareness Week.
This post is just a quick reminder to put down your cell phone and reduce your speed when driving through a work zone. People are working just a few feet away from where you’re driving, so please respect their lives by giving the road your full attention and slowing down.
At the same time, these reminders are put out there to help you, the driver. Most of the fatalities that occur in work zones are drivers or passengers in vehicles. The speed limit signs and the distracted driving laws are there for your safety, too. Here’s an interview I did, talking about this part of the safety equation: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/IDOT-clearing-up-misconceptions-in-work-zone-safety-149310275.html
Thank you very much for helping to keep the roads safe for everyone!
2 thoughts on “National Work Zone Awareness Week”
I almost hit a worker one time. I was given the “go slowly” sign and was creeping along when a worker steped off a truck backwards, right into my lane. I breaked, but it scared me. Glad I was not going faster.
Thanks for the comment! The uncertainty that can take place in work zones is a big reason for the enforcement. Your example is a good one. Lane shifts, etc. There’s a lot of unpredictability in these areas. Glad you were going slowly 🙂 Have a good day.