The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are working together to encourage drivers to use additional caution when driving through work zones. This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 8-12. During this time, various state departments of transportation, highway safety offices and traffic safety organizations and advocates across the nation will be taking part in an educational campaign to raise awareness about the dangers that roadside workers face on a daily basis.
Injury Causing and Fatal Work Zone Crashes
Caltrans workers are right beside the roadway, and there is little to no margin of error when it comes to sharing the road with them. If you’re entering a work zone or construction area, you need to be acutely aware of how closely these people work to your passing vehicle. Since 1921, 189 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job. According to Caltrans, 46 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured work zone crashes in 2017.
Slow for the Cone Zone
Since launching their “Slow for the Cone Zone” work zone safety campaign in 1999, Caltrans has been working diligently to raise awareness about the importance of slowing down and paying attention while driving through construction areas. If you are approaching the orange cones of a work zone, slow down. Prepare yourself to exercise additional vigilance as you pass through a very busy work zone. These workers deserve to have safe work-spaces. Pay close attention to the road, as the lanes may be shifting, and be on the lookout for workers who may be very close to the busy roadway.
Don’t Forget to Move Over for Emergency and Roadside Work Vehicles
Caltrans is also reminding motorists to move over and slow down for emergency responder vehicles and roadside work vehicles. If you see flashing lights, slow down and move over. If you can’t move over, slow down and wait to pass roadside workers and first responders at a reasonably safe speed.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in a work zone in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in the Bay Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.