Go Orange for Work Zone Safety

Construction Season is Here

Work Zone Safety Week kicks off on Monday, April 19th, and with construction season ramping up, this is an ideal time to remind everyone to slow down and pay attention when passing through a work zone. 

Drivers often think that transportation professionals and construction contractors working on the road are most at risk in the work zone.  But the truth is that 99 percent of the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.  Most of these injuries and deaths are caused by rear-end collisions which can often be attributed to inattentive drivers that are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.

What can you do to prevent work zone collisions?  The Washington State Department of Transportation recommends that drivers slow down to the posted speed limit, pay close attention to the roadway, and merge as soon as possible.  You should also expect delays, plan for them, or use an alternate route if one is available.

Show your support for the people working to improve your roadways by Going Orange for Work Zone Safety.  To learn how, click here.