Spring weather and increasing highway construction activity bring a renewed plea by ITD for motorists to drive carefully through work zones – for their own safety and the safety of construction workers.
Each year, the Federal Highway Administration, the Idaho Transportation Department and other state departments of transportation draw special attention to safe driving in or near work zones during Work Zone Awareness Week, scheduled nationwide April 19-23.
“Work zones are the most hazardous areas on our state highway system,” explains ITD Chief Engineer Tom Cole. “We urge drivers to use extreme caution when passing through those areas so they can arrive at their destination safely and construction workers can return home to their loved ones.”
Cole recommends a common-sense approach to driving in work zones:
“Safety in our work zones is no accident,” Cole added. “Following these simple cautions will help ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and construction workers.”
Across the U.S., more than 700 individuals were killed in work zone crashes last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. From 2004 to 2008, work zone crashes in Idaho led to an average of about four motorist or passenger fatalities and two workers injured per year, according to ITD statistics.
Transportation officials will assemble at 10:30 a.m. April 19 in New York City’s Battery Park to formally launch the 2010 National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign.