Virginia Department of Transportation is hosting the National Work Zone Awareness Week, commencing from 11th April 2022 to 15Th April 2022. This year’s theme — Work Zones are a sign to slow down — encourages slow and safe driving in highway work zones.
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports show that a notable number of people killed in work zones are pedestrians, passengers, and motorists. In 2019 alone, out of a total of 840 deaths in work zones, 135 were roadway workers.
Here’s why work zone awareness is so important:
Work zones are usually sites of construction, maintenance, and utility upkeeping, where roadworks occur. Being separated from regular traffic roads, they provide a safe area for workers without disturbing general traffic. Spreading awareness about work zone safety can help in reducing the alarming number of traffic accidents happening in work zones.
When more people are educated about safety signs, the number of fatalities in work zones is very likely to decrease. Subsequently, construction and maintenance work can continue unimpeded to improve your future driving experience.
Knowledge of the potential hazards of the construction and maintenance industry is crucial to stay safe while driving through work zones. Different safety signs are placed at worksites to allow workers and drivers to anticipate what is ahead of them. They are classified by color and format to differentiate between the kinds of messages being conveyed.