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April 26, 2012



CONTRACTOR INJURED IN WORK ZONE DURING WORK ZONE SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
Driver was drunk according to state police

SUFFOLK–Virginia State Police (VSP) has reported that a roadway worker was struck by a drunk driver on Interstate 64 last night, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at approximately 9:20 p.m. The crew worker remains in the hospital according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) sub contractor, Ladybug Concrete Specialties, Inc.

The work zone was set up according to Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VWAPM), at about 7 p.m. Lane closure signs were in place and VSP was assigned to the work zone in a marked car with emergency equipment activated at the time of the incident.

The incident occurred during VDOT’s annual Work Zone Safety Awareness Week-a week set aside to refocus motorists’ attention on safe driving habits. Also, Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is a time of remembrance for those who have lost their lives on the roadways and for those who continue to work in one of the most dangerous profession in America.  While highway construction is dangerous for those doing the work, four out of five of those injured are motorists.

In 2011, 11 people were killed in nine fatal crashes in Virginia highway work zones. Also in 2011, 3,427 incidents occurred in a work zone and of those 1,816 resulted in an injury. There is on average one work zone fatality every 10 hours and one work zone injury every 13 minutes nationwide.

VDOT urges motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
• Stay alert. Expect anything to occur when entering a work zone.
• Pay close attention. Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
• Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
• Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
• Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone.
• Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
• Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
• Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth it.
• Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones in the work zone.
• Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
• Be patient. Remember, the construction or maintenance crewmembers are working to improve your future ride.

Note to assignment editors: VDOT’s Work Zone Senior Safety Challenge began in James City County Schools on April 23, 2012.  Please contact Brooke Grow for more information about this challenge and Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
WZA Website:
http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-wzsa-default.asp

For more information on the VSP ‘Move Over Law’ initiative, contact Sgt. Michelle Anaya via email @ Michelle.Anaya@vsp.virginia.gov

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