|April 7 - 11, 2008|
INDIANA, PA - As Pennsylvania's construction season picks up speed, PennDOT is promoting National Work Zone Safety Week in an effort to reduce work zone crashes.
The week is designed to emphasize the need for motorists to use increased caution, stay alert and drive slowly through roadway construction zones. Work zones are constantly changing and motorists need to focus all of their attention on driving when traveling through these areas.
In 2007 in Pennsylvania, 19 people lost their lives in crashes in work zones. Sadly, many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if motorists would have simply obeyed the law and driven cautiously.
Here are some useful hints motorists can follow to improve safety in work zones:
WORK ZONE SAFETY TIPS
• Don't Eat or Drink
• Don't Talk on the Cell Phone
• Don't Speed - Reduce speed before entering a work zone. If other motorists are speeding, don't follow a bad example.
• Stay Alert - Dedicate full attention to the roadway. Remember that somebody’s loved one is working in the area.
• Pay Close Attention - Avoid distracting activities like adjusting the radio and operating or using cellular phones. Pay attention to road signs and pavement markings.
• Expect the Unexpected - Watch out, not only for road workers in the area, but also for construction equipment.
• Be Visible - Turn on Headlights (It's the Law) to become more visible to road workers and other motorists.
• Be Prepared to Stop - Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
• Don’t Tailgate!
• Be Patient! - Remember the work crews are working to improve your future ride.
Please drive safely and always buckle up. PennDOT values your life and your time.
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