CHP Keeping Work Zones Safe
A recent press release issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is outlining the importance of work zone safety. The CHP is working with the California State Transportation Agency and the California Department of Transportation to raise awareness about work zone safety across the state. They recently observed the National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. During Work Zone Safety Week, April 7-11, 2014, these agencies brought attention to important safety topics for work zones in California. Slowing down and paying attention are the two best ways to keep workers and other roadway users safe while traveling through work zones.
The Facts on Work Zone Safety in California
• In 2010, 1,155 crashes happened in construction zones in California.
• In 2011, there were 1,322 construction zone crashes.
• 44 people were killed in California construction zone crashes in 2011.
• Additionally, over 2,000 people were injured in construction zone crashes.
• Since 1921, 182 California Department of Transportation workers has been killed in work zone crashes.
Workers are Vulnerable, Share the Road
Workers are concentrating on their jobs, so motorists need to safely share the roadway. Construction zone workers are often very close to traffic lanes, so drivers need to pay excellent attention. If a driver looks down to check a smartphone and swerves out of his or her lane for even a second, a worker can get injured or killed. Roadside workers shouldn’t have to worry about dodging speeding and distracted drivers either. They need to focus on their jobs, and drivers need to navigate construction zones slowly and safely.
Distracted Driving in a Work Zone
It only takes a split second for somebody to walk into or near the roadway in the middle of a work zone. Texting while driving or any kind of distracted driving behavior should never be practiced behind the wheel. Drivers need to devote their full attention to the task of driving. There’s always a lot going on in work zones, so drivers need to pay attention. If you or a loved one is injured in a work zone crash, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.