The fact that work zone fatalities are the lowest they have been in 30 years is cause for celebration. But, as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood points out, this is certainly no time to ease up on work zone safety awareness efforts.
“We’ve made a lot of progress reducing fatalities for construction crews working on our nation’s roads, but even one death is too many,” said Secretary LaHood. “It’s critical for drivers to slow down, look for changes in traffic patterns and watch for the men and women who are working to improve our nation’s highways and bridges.”
National Work Zone Awareness Week Kickoff
National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual campaign designed to promote motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.
“Dedicated workers are building and maintaining the roads and bridges we rely on every day to get us where we need to go safely,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “The least we can do as drivers is to keep them safe by obeying posted speed limits. We must also pay extra attention in work zones, which means putting away our cell phones and watching out for any changes to normal road conditions.”
Highway Safety Statistics
- Work zone fatalities reached their highest point in 2002, 1,186 deaths.
- In 2010, highway work zone fatalities fell to 576-the least since 1982.
- Work zone fatalities have been cut in half over the last 10 years.
- In 2010, states reported 37,000 work zone-related injuries.
- On average, four people are injured in a work zone every hour.
For more information on National Work Zone Awareness Week, visit http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm or contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.
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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Reminds Drivers to Pay Special Attention in Work Zones Across the Nation