Construction workers have to think about a lot of inherent dangers in the workplace whenever they clock in for the day. The least that the rest of us could do is make sure we do not add to those dangers by driving recklessly through roadside construction areas or construction zones.
At Carter Mario Law Firm, we are proud to be active and thoughtful members of our communities throughout Connecticut. That is why we are proudly observing National Work Zone Awareness Week, and we invite you to do the same!
What is National Work Zone Awareness Week?
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a nationwide safety campaign that challenges drivers to pay more attention when driving through or near work zones, especially those that have construction workers present. Each state’s Department of Transportation arranges for different events and announcements throughout the week, but the overall goal of the campaign is to bring construction-related car accidents down to zero.
NWZAW hits its high point with Go Orange Day! On this day and across Connecticut, do not be surprised if you see public officials and staff wearing orange to promote construction work zone safety awareness. You can wear orange, too, and let your friends, family, and coworkers know why.
Just how bad are work zone crashes in Connecticut?
- In 2021, there were 748 car accidents in roadside or highway construction zones.
- In 2021, 3 construction workers lost their lives in those crashes.
How You Can Help Stop Construction Zone Accidents
Here are five things you can do right now to promote construction zone safety:
- Plan your route: Check the news and local safety reports about any busy construction zones in your area before you leave for a trip or commute. Plan your route to steer clear of those zones if you can.
- Put down the phone: Never distract yourself with a smartphone while driving. This habit is extremely dangerous, especially in construction areas where pedestrians are actively walking around the scene.
- Slow down: Most construction zones have a maximum speed limit of 35 mph. Even on highways, you need to decrease your speed to this amount if you see orange cones, construction signs, workers, etc. Go slower if it is safer.
- Listen to crew members: Construction crew members who direct traffic, sometimes with flags, must be obeyed as if they were traffic control officers. They know the condition of the construction site and the flow of traffic, so it is imperative that you follow their instructions to help keep everyone safe.
- Tell your friends: Tell everyone you know about National Work Zone Awareness Week! It is a simple, free, and effective way of spreading awareness, so more people think more carefully about how they drive through construction zones. Together, we can all make construction work zones safer for everyone.
For more information about Work Zone Awareness Week in Connecticut, you can click here to visit the official CTDOT website. If you need our law firm’s help with any sort of accident claim, then know we are always here to offer a hand. Schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation now.