Work Zone Traffic Safety

The Statistics

  • In 2009, 667 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in highway work zones and more than 30,000 were injured.
  • About 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers.
  • Distracted driving causes 25% of all traffic accidents.

The Laws In Many States

  • 8 states have made it illegal to use handheld cell phones while driving and 2 of them in highway construction zones.
  • Texting while driving is banned in 30 states.
  • 35 states have double fine laws for speeding violations in work zones. 24 states do not require workers to be present for work zone laws to apply.
  • 14 states currently allow speed cameras operating in at least one location and 5 of them in work zones.

How Do You Stay Safe In A Work Zone?

  • Never use a cell phone or texting while driving.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Slow down and don’t tailgate.
  • Pay attention to signs.
  • Obey the flaggers.
  • Be patient and stay calm.
  • Know the road rules for work zones.


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