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Posted 18 April 2013
Each April, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to raise awareness about safety issues in highway work zones. Many states across the country sponsor “Go Orange” campaigns by lighting public buildings in orange and encouraging citizens to wear orange during the week of 15 April to remind drivers to slow down when they see those bright orange signs and cones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, work zone crashes resulted in 4,400 deaths and 200,000 injuries over the past five years. Many of these injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions with another vehicle, striking a fixed object, and sideswiping.
To help avoid these types of crashes, stay alert and minimize distractions, follow other vehicles at a safe distance, obey the posted speed limit, and expect and plan for delays to reach your destination on time. Nearly 99 percent of those killed or injured in work zone collisions each year are motorists, and many of these accidents are preventable. So when you are tempted to go speeding through a work zone, remember that it only takes 25 seconds more to cover 1 mile at 45 miles per hour (mph) compared to 65 mph and those extra seconds just might save your or someone else’s life.
Make a difference by slowing down and paying attention when traveling through work zones to help ensure everyone gets home safely.