Every year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) embarks on hundreds of construction projects across the state and that does not even include the numerous maintenance activities that are conducted everyday to keep our highways safe.
With every construction zone comes equipment, workers and even daily changes in the road and alignment you may be traveling. As a result, it is critical that you do your part to make the cone zones safe. Lower speed limits, flaggers and police enforcement are all used to help keep work zones safe, but motorists still need to drive responsible to keep not only our workers safe, but yourself as well.
Here are some work zone facts to put work zone safety into perspective:
- 85% of work zone fatalities are motorists and occupants
- In Colorado in 2011, preliminary statistics show there were 830 work zone crashes, resulting in 96 injuries and 10 fatalities, many of which could have been prevented.
- About 600 people die and more than 37,000 people are injured in work zone crashes nationwide.
- In a typical five-day work week, an average of seven motorists and one highway worker are killed nationwide.
National Work Zone Awareness PSA
AASHTO PSA: Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake is the slogan for the 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week Campaign (April 7-11). This year’s slogan and Public Service Announcement video are designed to help motorist consider the potential costs of speeding, especially during the busy roadway construction season. When traveling at high speeds drivers can arrive at a roadway work zone too fast to stop safely. This costly mistake has resulted in fines, jail time and a loss of life. Hundreds of roadway workers, motorists and passengers die in work zone related crashes every year. The public is encouraged to watch the PSA and share the link. Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.