On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week
In an effort to protect our drivers and workers, the FMCSA created National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW).
NWZAW is an annual event bringing awareness to work zone safety April 8th through April 12th. Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) and passenger vehicle drivers need to be particularly careful when traveling through work zones. Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these tips:
Tips for Traveling Safely in Work Zones
- Research your route and when possible use alternative routes to avoid work zones.
- Pay attention and be aware of signs notifying that you are entering a work zone. Speed and lane changes are common in work zones. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, GPS, or taking your eyes off the road.
- Slow down, road changes are common when entering a work zone. Be wary of the workers on the road, speed changes, and lane closure requiring drivers to shift lanes.
- Move into the open lane as soon as possible when approaching lane closures. Give yourself and the drivers around you plenty of space and time to adjust for lane closures.
- Keep your distance, rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones.
Large trucks and busses have limited maneuverability and large blind spots. All roads users can stay safe by being aware of each other and proceeding with caution when entering work zones.
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