NCDOT, Gov. Cooper raise awareness of work zone crashes

Posted at 7:24 PM on Mar 31, 2017


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Gov. Roy Cooper has declared April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month, and April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week.

In 2016, there were more than 5,000 crashes in work zones in North Carolina, resulting in more than 3,000 injuries and 26 deaths.

“The overall goal of Work Zone Awareness Week and Month is to draw attention so we can lessen the number of crashes we have,” said Don Nail, Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director. “What we’re trying to do is draw attention to being safe in work zones and making sure folks can be ready for anything that could occur.”

Your safety is our top priority at NCDOT. We ask you to “Drive Smart. Do Your Part” when driving in a work zone with these tips to help keep you and others safe:
Stay alert;
Don’t speed;
Watch and obey the signs;
Don’t drive while distracted;
Watch out for road debris;
Don’t change lanes in a work zone; and
Be patient

We encourage you to show your support for Work Zone Awareness by wearing orange on April 5 for “Go Orange Day.” This is part of a national effort to show support for the roadway safety industry, especially the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Work Zone Safety website.

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