“Be Work Zone Alert”

The State of California is calling on motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are all working together to raise awareness about the dangers roadway workers to face across the state. Officials within each agency have high hopes for this public safety campaign. Saving lives on California roadways is a top priority. In addition to the irreplaceable loss of life, work-zone crashes cost the state an estimated $185 million.

Be Work Zone Alert

This campaign is being funded with highway maintenance funds and a grant from the OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to showing public service announcements, the campaign is also featuring nearly 60 billboards across the state. In efforts to remind motorists what’s at stake, the billboards have photos of the children of highway workers. The children on the billboards are asking drivers to “Be alert, while their moms and dads are at work.”

Work Zone Accidents in California

In 2010, highway work-zone injuries were reduced by 33 percent over 2007 levels. Unfortunately, over three Caltrans vehicles are struck each day. That’s over 1,000 incidents each year. Since the 1920’s, 183 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job site. Highway construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The risk of death is seven times higher for highway workers than for workers in other industries. According to Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, in addition to the tragic and preventable loss of life, work-zone accidents cost the state millions of dollars.

Distracted Driving in Construction Zones

Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors drivers can engage in behind the wheel, especially in construction zones, where workers are just inches away from the roadway. Joe Farrow, CHP Commissioner, is quick to point out that even a moment of driver inattention can destroy lives. If drivers aren’t paying attention, they’re not looking out for highway workers. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. encourages motorists to drive safely, be alert and lookout for highway workers. Their families are counting on them to come home safely from the work site.

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