Work Zone Awareness

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National Work Zone Awareness Week

In 1997 a VDOT employee had an idea: during one week in April the agency should focus on educating the public about highway work zones. Over the next several years the observance spread across Virginia and, with the cooperation of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, expanded to include presentations to high school driver’s education classes. In 2000 the observance of Work Zone Awareness Week became a national event.

VDOT and the transportation construction industry participated in National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014. This year VDOT partnered with DRIVE SMART Virginia to highlight Distracted Driving Awareness Month, also observed in April.

Work Zone Awareness Week still provides an opportunity to educate the public about the critical part that motorists play in keeping everyone safe in highway work zones. Since undivided attention to driving is the most important factor in avoiding a crash, the coordination of Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Work Zone Awareness Week reinforces both messages.

In Virginia in 2012, preliminary analysis shows there were 3,065 crashes in highway work zones across the state. The crashes resulted in 13 deaths and 1,582 injuries. Overall the number of crashes decreased by 11 percent and injuries were down by 13 percent over 2011 statistics, but fatalities increased by 18 percent.

Nationally, more than 700 people are killed and more than 37,000 are injured each year in crashes in highway work zones. Those deaths account for approximately two percent of highway fatalities. On average, four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are motorists or their passengers.

To help motorists do their part, here are some tips for safe driving before, during and after you encounter a highway work zone:


2013 Work Zone Awareness Week Safety Video 2013 - Public Service Announcement (60 seconds)

This safety video was created by the VDOT Communications division.

You can find more videos in the Work Zone Awareness playlist on VDOT's YouTube channel.

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Page last modified: Sept. 8, 2014