The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is currently publicizing their annual work zone safety campaign. April 3-7, 2017 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. This year, the conference is kicking off in Maryland. Transportation safety professionals and community partners from across the nation are getting together to raise awareness and discuss strategies to further improve work zone safety for highway workers and all motorists and roadway users.
Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands
The 2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” This message is aimed at making work zone safety everybody’s responsibility. If you’re behind the wheel in a work zone, work zone safety is in your hands. Unfortunately, work zone fatalities involving passenger occupant vehicle drivers and passengers went up two percent between 2014 and 2015, so it’s critical for this demographic to take work zone safety seriously.
Pay Attention in Work Zones
In 2015, there was a total of 700 fatalities in work zones across the U.S. During that year, 130 highway workers were killed. The stakes are high in work zones. There are often highway workers just feet from busy traffic. Even with signs, orange reflective material, blinking lights, double fines and all other manners of calling attention to an upcoming work zone, drivers are still engaging in distracted behaviors behind the wheel. It’s fitting that National Work Zone Awareness Week falls during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month because the two issues are sadly intertwined. There is a lot going on in a busy work zone. The last thing anybody should be doing is texting, checking their social media, making a status update or talking on the phone.
Work Zone Accidents in San Diego
It’s everybody’s responsibility to keep work zones safe in San Diego and along the Central Coast. Roadway workers deserve to have a safe environment to work in. During National Work Zone Awareness Week, drivers are reminded to slow down, pay attention and watch out for roadway workers.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a work zone accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.