Work Zone Safety Is Everybody’s Responsibility
Maricopa County Recognizes National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recognizes national Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 9 – 13, with a reminder to remain alert while driving through work zones. This year’s national theme, “Work Zone Safety is Everybody’s Responsibility,” draws attention to the need for both drivers and workers to keep safety a top priority.
In 2016, eight fatal work zone crashes and two fatal pedestrian-involved crashes occurred in Arizona, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
MCDOT asks drivers to remain alert and follow safety tips while driving through work zones:
- Obey the posted speed limit and don’t tailgate: The leading cause of work zone crashes are rear-end collisions. Leave ample space between vehicles and be alert so you can slow down if conditions indicate the need.
- Merge into and stay in the proper lane: Merge well before you reach the lane restriction and make sure to change lanes only where permitted. Be alert for changes in traffic lane configurations.
- Eliminate distractions: Pay attention to the road and avoid distractions such as eating, drinking, talking or texting on the phone, or other electronic devices in the vehicle. Be alert and ready adapt to unexpected traffic conditions.
- Follow instructions from flaggers: Observe all traffic signs and flaggers until you see one that says you’ve left the work zone. Workers are often working just a few feet from safety barriers. Be alert to avoid breaking any traffic laws.
Wednesday, April 11, MCDOT employees will wear orange as part of National ‘Go Orange Day’ to raise awareness of the importance of work zone safety. At MCDOT, we take the safety of our employees and the traveling public seriously every day.
MCDOT is also sharing personal stories of work zone safety on its Facebook Page.