Drivers Urged To Follow Safe Driving Tips in Highway
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Brought to you by Id ealsafe 402-474-4166 Website: http://www.idealease.com/ Friday Safety Brief April 15, 2005 Drivers Urged T o Foll ow Saf e Driving Tips in Highway Work Zones Work Zones On The Rise As Summer Approaches; Most Work Zone Fatalities Are Drivers Or Passengers WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s top highway official today urged drivers to follow safe driving habits as more highway work zones pose greater challenges to drivers during the upcoming road construction season. “No one should sit on the sidelines of safety,” said Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters. “Orange and white safety barrels are Putting the Work Zone springing up as temperatures climb. Taking a few simple steps will keep drivers, passengers and our highway crews safe in construction areas Problem in Perspective and avoid the traffic tie-ups that work zone accidents cause.” One work zone fatality In support of Administrator Peter’s call, Deputy Administrator Rick Capka helped kick-off National Work Zone Awareness Week at an event every 8.5 hours (3/day) near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction project outside One work zone injury every Washington, D.C., with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Traffic Safety Services 13 minutes (113/day) Association, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Associated General Contractors. “The highway is a workplace for thousands of men and women, and we’re asking drivers to remember that,” Capka said. Work zone fatalities have increased 48 percent since 1997, according to FHWA. In 2003, work zone accidents claimed 1,028 lives and injured 41,239 others. Four out of five people killed in work zones are either drivers or passengers. Peters and Capka encourage drivers to follow FHWA’s “Ten Ten Tips for Driving Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones,” such as slowing down, obeying road crew flaggers and avoiding tailgating. Safely in Work Zones These safety tips are available at 1. www.fhwa.dot.gov/safetytips. Expect the unexpected 2. Slow down In addition to developing safety tips for drivers, FHWA is looking at new ways to increase work zone safety, including 3. Don't tailgate more durable pavements, better work zone design and real- 4. Keep a safe distance between you time information services to help drivers plan alternate routes around construction areas. and the car ahead of you 5. Pay attention to the signs How Significant is the Work Zone Safety Problem? 6. Obey road crew flaggers With nearly a 50% increase in work zone fatalities between 7. 1997 and 2003, work zone safety is a growing roadway Stay alert and minimize distractions safety concern. In 2003, there were 1,028 work zone 8. Keep up with traffic flow fatalities; this figure represents 2.4% of all roadway fatalities for the year. Over four out of every five-work zone fatalities 9. Schedule enough time to drive were motorists. safely and check radio, TV and Web In all, there were an estimated 102,000 sites for traffic information. work zone crashes and an estimated 10. Be patient and stay calm 41,000 people were injured in work zone crashes (1.4% of all roadway injuries). This publication is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a complete or exhaustive source of complian ce or safety information. This “Safety Brief” is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.