As the weather gets nicer construction crews are out working on the roadways, and that gives cause for drivers to pay attention and slow down when approaching a work zone. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will be joining states across the nation to remind motorists to be safe in work zones in observance of the National Work Zone Awareness Week.
In Kentucky over the past three years there have been 11 fatalities and 471 injuries in work zones. Although people are starting to pay more attention when driving through these area, more problems are occurring due to drivers using cell phones to talk and text.
An overwhelming majority of those killed in work zone crashes are drivers or occupants of a vehicle. For your own safety and the safety of our workers, it is imperative to slow down and pay attention in work zones. It really can be the difference between life and death.
It is our hope that by proclaiming this week Work Zone Awareness Week in Kentucky we can bring greater attention to the importance of work zone safety.
Work Zone Driving Tips
• Slow down! Drive within the posted speed limits, which are usually reduced in work zones.
• Watch for flaggers! Follow their signals, & don't change lanes within the work zone unless instructed.
• Don't tailgate! Most work zone crashes are rear-end collisions.
• Expect the unexpected! Work zones change constantly.
• Eliminate distractions! Put down the cell phone; leave the radio dial alone.
• Keep your ears open! Do not wear earphones while driving.
• Merge early! You can be ticketed (and can cause a crash) for being a last chance merger.
• Turn your lights on before you enter the zone to become more visible to workers and other motorists.
• Stay calm! Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.
• Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.
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