Work zones are there because workers are improving road conditions and expanding roads. In the work zone, drivers will typically see cones, barrels, barriers, pavement markings and work trucks. Follow the work zone signs and other directions to get safely through.
Drivers generally don’t think they are at risk in work zones but they're wrong:
- Washington averages almost 850 highway work zone injuries each year.
- 96 percent of the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.
- The top three causes of work zone crashes are distracted/inattentive driving, following too close and speeding.
- Distracted/inattentive drivers are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.
Work zone survival tips:
- Slow Down – drive the posted speeds, they're there for your safety
- Be Kind – our workers are out there helping to keep you safe and improve the roadways
- Pay Attention – both to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; put your phone down when behind the wheel
- Stay Calm – expect delays, leave early or take an alternate route if possible; no meeting or appointment is worth risking someone's life
- Eliminate distractions
- Merge as soon as possible
- Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says "END ROAD WORK"
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