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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is committed to safety and wants everyone on Kentucky roadways, behind the wheel or a barrel, to return home safely. We all have a vested interest in safe work zones, and by working together, we can prevent work zone crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Kentucky. Be work zone alert by driving without distractions and slowing down.  

 The Hendersons' Story

 Why is Kentucky vested in work zone safety?

In 2017, work zone crashes on Kentucky roadways increased 33 percent from the prior year, which resulted in the most crashes (1,007) since 2011, the most fatalities (12) since 2009, and the most injuries (233) since 2001. Surprisingly, the majority of work zone fatalities are motorists; one of the 12 fatalities in 2017 was a contracted transportation employee.

 What is a work zone?

​A work zone is a temporary work site for maintenance or construction along highways, roads, and streets. Work zones do not always have cones, barrels, or barriers. Warning signs, shadow vehicles, or flashing lights indicate operations like mowing, pot hole repair, pavement striping, or snow plowing.

 How does the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet promote work zone safety?

​Always committed to safety, KYTC engages, encourages, and empowers road crew workers to follow work zone safety best practices.

Through initiatives such as Glow Orange, Kentucky (asking Kentucky businesses to pledge to light their facilities orange during National Work Zone Awareness Week), social media sharing of work zone stories, events featuring the National Work Zone Memorial Wall, and participation from industry partners, KYTC raises the driving public's awareness to stay alert in active work zones.

 How can you make work zones safer?

The most common crash in a highway work zone is a rear-end collision. Practicing safe driving behaviors, like driving without distractions and slowing down in work zones, can save a life. Drivers can protect themselves and highway. While driving, don't text, put on makeup, or do anything that can take your eyes off the road. Drivers should also obey the posted speed limits. Speeding puts you at risk for a severe crash, double fines or a penalty of six points on your driver's license.  
Work Zone Safety Fact Sheet
National Work Zone Memorial Webpage
ATSSA 2019 NWZAW Webpage
National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse

 Preston's Story

 Work Zone Stories

 Glow Orange, Kentucky!

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