30 Apr

2019

Work Zone Awareness

posted by: Karen Spottiswood

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its partners recently sponsored National Work Zone Awareness Week, an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to raise public awareness for work zones and those who work in them. This year’s theme, Drive Like You Work Here, inspires us to expand the week-long celebration to the entire spring season. Motorists are encouraged to slow to posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment.

Safety Tips for the Driver

Remember these driving tips to avoid “A Sudden Change in Plans” and perhaps save a life including your own!

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

  • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

Keep Your Headlights On

Pay Attention to the Road

  • “Listen to the signs”
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead
  • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react

Merge into the Proper Lane

  • Merge well before you reach the lane closure
  • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

Don’t tailgate

  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Obey the Posted Speed Limit

  • Workers may be present just feet away
  • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations
  • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need

Change Lanes Safely

  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit

Follow Instructions from Flaggers

Expect the Unexpected

  • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning
  • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

Be Patient

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