The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release imploring drivers to Be Work Zone Alert. Their current work zone safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers workers face beside roadways everyday. The campaign highlights the fact that these workers have children and families that love them and who are counting on them to come home after a hard day’s work. Officials and safety advocates with Caltrans, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) want to remind the public to slow down when passing highway workers so they can get home to their families.
Slow Down and Pay Attention in Work Zones
Work zones are busy places with a lot going on. There could be workers just inches from vehicle traffic, lane changes and noisy machinery right beside the roadway. When entering a work zone, make sure to slow down. Above all, remain vigilant and pay close attention to the road when you’re going through a work zone. Watch out for lane changes, signs, signals and roadside workers.
Work Zone Crashes by The Numbers
• In 2018, there were more than 7,000 work-zone collisions on California roadways.
• About 2,300 of those crashes resulted in injuries.
• 46 of those incidents involved a fatality.
• Nationwide, drivers and passengers account for 85 percent of the people who are killed in work zones.
• Since 1921, 189 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job.
Work Zone Accidents in San Diego
Remember to slow down and pay attention when you’re entering a work zone. Workers are just inches or feet from busy roadways. Drivers should never be texting or engaging in any other type of distraction behind the wheel. Caltrans workers are counting on drivers to slow down and navigate work zones safely. Children are counting on their parents and loved ones to come home safely after a hard day’s work.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a work zone accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.