Friday, April 23, 2010

National Work Zone Awareness Week Ends Today

National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 19-23) ends today, but even though the special week of observance is ending, you can practice work zone awareness every day you're out on Loudoun County's roadways.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reminds Loudoun motorists to follow these simple rules when driving through a work zone:
  • Minimize distractions - Avoid activities when driving such as using cell phones, changing radio stations, eating or engaging in any activity that takes your eyes off the roadway.
  • Pay close attention - Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Turn on your headlights - Workers and other motorists must see you.
  • Don't tailgate - Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
  • Don't speed - Note the speed limits in and around the work zone.
  • Keep up with traffic flow - Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
  • Don't change lanes in the work zone - The time saved just isn't worth it.
  • Expect the unexpected - Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
  • Be patient - Remember, the work zone crewmembers are working to improve your future travels.
Don't think you could be involved in a work zone accident? Or that by not following the above safety tips someon'e life won't be impacted?

Listen and watch this video as Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Troy Smith shares his experience of being struck in a work zone.

According to VDOT, there were more than 2,000 crashes in work zones on state-maintained roadways in Virginia in 2008. Of those crashes, six people died and more than 1,000 were injured. The majority of crashes occurred on primary routes and involved drivers in their early 20s.

Let's remember Loudoun County... just because Work Zone Awareness Week is ending it doesn't mean that our safety in and around work zones has to. Let's be safe out there!

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1 comment:

  1. Taking a little extra time for caution in a work zone is well worth the effort. everyone should take responsibility for work zone safety, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians.