Kentuckians share stories and ‘Glow Orange’ to
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2017)
– Focusing on the human aspect surrounding highway work zone safety,
the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) launched its state work zone safety
campaign this week in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW),
April 3-7. The 2017 national theme – Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands –
reinforces the message that work zone safety is a shared responsibility for
work crew members and motorists.
“Kentucky transportation road
crews risk their lives daily to build and maintain bridges and roads across the
Commonwealth so that we all can connect with people and places that are
important to us,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “As a young man, I worked for a state
highway department and know about the dangers presented to men and women doing
their jobs in highway work zones. These public servants are fathers, husbands,
brothers, daughters and friends. Let’s all do our part to take precautions to
make sure these highway workers – real people with real lives – get home safely
With roadway construction
season kicking off in April across Kentucky, many motorists will encounter at
least one work zone in their daily commute. Although highway work zones are high-risk
sites for crew members, the lives of drivers and their passengers are also on
the line in a work zone. In fact, Federal Highway Administration statistics
indicate that motorists, not workers, are more at risk in a work zone. In a
typical five-day work week, an average of seven motorists and one worker are
killed around the nation in work zones. To help spread awareness, Gov. Bevin
signed a proclamation declaring April Work Zone Safety Month in Kentucky.
Real stories, real people
Last year, there were 674 work
zone related crashes, 143 injuries and 10 fatalities in Kentucky. To increase
awareness of work zone safety and the lives affected by preventable accidents,
KYTC asked the public to support this year’s campaign through sharing work zone
stories. Retellings of near misses while working, losing loved ones in work
zones and observations of negligent driving behavior were featured in several
submissions. Each story stressed the risk of working in a work zone and the
lives at stake.
“When he died, a piece of me
died also – a void that you can’t replace,” wrote Tonya Ashby about her brother
Kendale T. Ashby, who was hit by a car in 2014 while working in an active
highway work zone.
Kendale Ashby was a father of
four, a husband, a brother and a best friend.
“The Cabinet is grateful for
public support in the form of personal stories and pledges from public and
private partners to ‘Glow Orange’ to promote work zone awareness,” said KYTC
Secretary Greg Thomas. “The safety of our road crews and of motorists in work
zones is in each of our hands.”
Orange hues in the Bluegrass
Another element of KYTC’s 2017
work zone awareness campaign is “Glow Orange, Kentucky” week, an initiative
inspired by the national “Go Orange Day,” which also promotes work zone awareness.
KYTC has invited organizations and citizens throughout the Commonwealth to
illuminate buildings, landmarks, bridges, structures and homes with the color
orange to show support during the week of April 3-7.
The Cabinet encourages the
public to submit “Glow Orange, Kentucky” safety selfies taken in front of
illuminated structures to Facebook and Twitter using #glowky. Businesses and
agencies that have pledged to “Glow Orange” are featured on KYTC’s social media
Lives in your hands
For the protection of all
lives in work zones, KYTC asks drivers to practice 10 work zone safety tips:
attention – put away the phone.
the posted speed limits – even if workers do not appear to be present.
4. Keep a safe
distance from workers and equipment.
6. Obey road
extra time to get to your destination if traveling through a work zone.
8. Keep up
with traffic flow.
leaving home or work, check out goky.ky.gov or use the free WAZE app for
10. Be patient and
remain calm. Construction crews are working to make the roads better for you.
Although Cabinet engineers and
contractors schedule work to minimize delays and crashes, the responsibility to
drive cautiously through a work zone lies with motorists.
To read work zone stories and
stay current with KYTC’s 2017 work zone awareness campaign, connect with the
Cabinet at www.facebook.com/kytc120/
and follow the #inyourhandsky and #glowky discussions. The Cabinet will post
related information to social media throughout the month of April.
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