First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Don't let this happen: stay alert!
Motorists need heightened awareness as the approach and pass through work zones during the US National Work Zone Safety Week and after, according to ARTBA.
Expect the unexpected in roadway construction work zones anytime, noted the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
Paying attention to signs, maintaining safe following distances and signaling intentions are keys to preventing work zone crashes that kill and injure drivers, passengers, pedestrians and workers.
Over the past five years, more than 3,300 people—including an estimated 650 workers—have been killed in work zone crashes in the US. Distracted driving blamed directly for at least 500 of the deaths, according to US government data. More than 35,000 people annually are injured at work sites.
The theme for this year is “work zone safety, everybody’s responsibility. As part of the 19th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week to this Friday (April 13) ARTBA has produced a free brochure providing tips for safely navigating work zones.