Monday, April 19, 2010

National Work Zone Awareness Week Begins Today

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2010 begins today and will be observed nationwide from April 19-23. The theme for this year is "Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention."

Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.

The goal of the week continues to be reminding drivers how they can help keep everyone in a work zone safe. In 2008, 720 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones and more than 40,000 were injured -- seven people died in 2008 in Virginia in work zone crashes on state-maintained roadways. Eighty–five percent of those killed in work zones are drivers or their passengers.

Supporters of the 11th annual event include state transportation departments, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Let's go Loudoun County... let's be sure to be extra safe around work zones in our county this week -- and every week!

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