Work Zone Safety

Education and Outreach

Get Involved!


VDOT's Work Zone Awareness Week Public Service Announcement (60")

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, you may be asking, “How can I participate?” The most important thing you can do is get involved and let your actions be seen and voice be heard.  

The following are ways you can easily become involved:

  • Write a letter to your local newspaper about the dangers motorists present to work crews. Stress that motorists need to:
    • Slow down
    • Pay attention
    • Obey traffic control devices
    • Look out for our workers
  • Wear an orange ribbon during the week. This opens the door to conversations and leads to opportunities to talk about the week with others.
  • Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones or navigation devices while driving in a work zone.

To raise National Work Zone Awareness Week to the next level, it takes all of us doing our part by making a commitment to get involved to have our message heard and understood. The more voices we have, the greater impact we have in asking motorists to slow down and drive responsibly through work zones. We all need to play an active role in raising driver awareness about work zones, which should result in increased safety for workers, motorists and pedestrians.

Education

David Rush with VDOT Conducts Workzone Awareness Sessions at VDOT.

VDOT and its partners are available to educate students on the challenges of driving in work zones and encourage safe driving habits.

For Kids and Teens

Staying Safe: Exploring Virginia's Roadways Geared for 10 to 12-year-olds, this publication is designed to help pre-teens be responsible and knowledgeable road users by teaching them about Virginia's roadways including work zones.Adventures in Driving: Survive the Ride To order, send an e-mail to Joan.Morris@vdot.virginia.gov or call (703) 383-2465.

Adventures in Driving: Survive the Ride
PDF (PDF 1.7 MB) is designed to help teenagers make the transition from passengers to safe drivers.The guide is aimed at reducing the high crash and fatality rate in this age group. See page 7 for how to travel through a work zone safely.

Video: "A Sudden Change in Plans" (7:40, WMV, 6.5 MB), transcript pdf (PDF, 109 KB) 

The Stay in the Picture Classroom has a poster you can download, and a Teacher's Guide PDF (PDF, 546 KB) for resources, information and activities for work zone awareness. Download a Stay in the Picture PDF (PDF 1.65 MB) brochure.

Staying Safe: Exploring Virginia's Roadways 

Geared for 10 to 12-year-olds, this publication is designed to help pre-teens be responsible and knowledgeable road users by teaching them about Virginia's roadways including work zones. To order, send an e-mail to Joan.Morris@vdot.virginia.gov or call 703-383-2465.

Stay in the Picture Classroom

The Stay in the Picture Classroom has a poster you can download, and a Teacher's Guide PDF (PDF, 546 KB) for resources, information and activities for work zone awareness. Download a Stay in the Picture PDF (PDF 1.65 MB) brochure.

Videos

The following are links to work zone safety videos which may be used for safety talks or meetings.

A Sudden Change in Plans
Watch (7:40, WMV, 6.5 MB) Read Transcript pdf (PDF, 109 KB) 
   

On YouTube You Tube Logo - View the 2010 Work Zone Safety Playlist

View the 2010 Work Zone Safety Playlist

Cheating Death

For dramatic footage of a VDOT employee’s narrow escape from injury or death in a work zone, watch this video (WMV, :51, 1.5MB), transcript (PDF, 93 KB)

Audio/VideoWork zone safety logo

  • School program:
    Video (WMV, :40, 1 MB), audio (MP3, :40, 293 KB), transcript PDF (PDF, 89 KB)

  • Driving in work zones:
    Video (WMV, 1:35, 3 MB), audio (MP3, 1:35, 1.5 MB), transcript PDF (PDF, 88 KB)

  • Work zone offenses:
    Video (WMV, :55, 1.6 MB), audio (MP3, :55, 825 KB), transcript PDF (PDF, 86 KB)

  • Highway worker dodges traffic:
    Video (WMV, :51, 1.5 MB), transcript PDF (PDF, 93 KB)


    (Download the free Windows Media player here.)

Media


The "Stay in the Picture" Newsroom has links to statistics, press releases and downloadable public service announcements.

For dramatic footage of a VDOT employee’s narrow escape from injury or death in a work zone, watch this video (WMV, :51, 1.5MB), transcript PDF (PDF, 93 KB)
 

 



Work Zones Stories

Crystal Smith Darrell Lewis Jessie Craig Troy Smith

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Statistics

In Virginia last year, there were 4,068 work zone crashes resulting in 1,857 injuries and 15 fatalities.

In 2013 nationwide (the most recent available data) there were 579 work zone traffic-related fatalities, 28,630 work zone injuries, 105 worker fatalities and 186 fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses.

Encountering a Work Zone Can Mean 
"A Sudden Change in Plans"

Download and watch  (7:40, WMV, 6.5 MB) or read the transcript (PDF, 109 KB) of "A Sudden Change in Plans." This video  shows how easy it is for a work zone worker to become yet another statistic if you are not paying attention.

Page last modified: March 27, 2015