By Danielle Alley, Social Media and Public Information Coordinator
Last year, 29 people were killed in work zone crashes in Ohio. That’s why each spring we recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week to spread the message that we’re all responsible for work zone safety.
Why do we do this in the spring? As the weather gets warmer, construction ramps up and people drive more. That means you’re more likely to travel through a work zone.
Driving requires all of your attention, but work zones require even more. The employees working in these areas deserve to get home safely and are counting on you to ensure they do. Roadside workers take many precautions like brightly colored safety gear, signage, and reduced speed limits, but it’s not always enough. In 2021, there were 4,796 crashes in Ohio’s work zones. In 35% of those crashes, workers were present.
When driving in a work zone, drivers should:
- Slow down.
- Put away distractions like phones.
- Watch for workers.
- Move over when possible.
We also offer several resources for employees working in work zones and drivers who pass through:
- Flagger Safety Talk
- Distracted Driving Safety Talk
- Road Rage and Aggressive Driving Safety Talk
- Work Zone Traffic Control and Safety virtual training class – April 20, 2022
Remember we all play a part in making sure roadside workers can go home to their families each day.