Every year, more than 800 people are killed in roadway work zones. Local statistics show that in the last year alone, a crash involving a distracted driver occurred every 23 minutes (1). Construction companies like Lehman-Roberts and Memphis Stone & Gravel are dedicated to ensuring the safety of their team and the driving public. Roadway work zones use a variety of warning systems, barriers, and other traffic controls to ensure motorists and work zones stay separated. However, it just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) will be observed April 11-15 with this year’s theme of “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down.” This tradition has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand the role we all play in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe.
The best part is, you can join us in raising awareness of the importance of slowing your vehicle and staying alert as you approach and pass by a work zone. As part of the week’s events, everyone is encouraged to participate in Go Orange Day on April 13, where individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder of work zones. Photos can be posted on social media using the hashtags #NWZAW and #GoOrange4Safety. The week will close with a moment of silence observed on April 15 for those lost in work zone incidents.
When approaching a work zone, remember: Place phones and other distractions down, keep your eyes up and focused on the traffic signals, and stay sharp. Someone’s future is in your hands.