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ODOT, KYTC kick off Work Zone Awareness Week

April 11, 2019 GMT

GREENUP, Ky. — From maintenance and construction forces to public safety and utility crews, roadside workers and emergency responders put their lives at risk every day while doing their jobs. This risk can be lessened, though, if motorists remember that the decisions they make are key to keeping people safe and making roadways safer.

On Monday, representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation joined the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, contractors and law enforcement personnel for a work zone safety event to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). The event, held at KYTC’s Greenup County Maintenance Facility, was underscored by a message from ODOT District 9 Michael Dombrowski, who reminded attendees that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“Work Zone Safety Awareness campaigns throughout the country bring attention to the need for safety of our construction and maintenance crews. They also remind us of the importance of keeping everyone safe on our roadways at all times,” said Dombrowski.

“While our crews and contractors work to protect themselves and the motorists, driving through work zones requires the attention of everyone. Motorists should drive through work zones drive the way they would if they or members of their family worked there.”

Last year, there were 4,662 work zone crashes last year in Ohio, resulting in 961 injuries. The vast majority of those injured and killed in work zones are motorists and their passengers. And in 2018, ODOT crews were struck 153 times while working along Ohio’s roadways. This number includes workers, vehicles and equipment.

According to ODOT analysis, the most common factor in work zone crashes is following too closely, with failure to control and improper lane changes other significant factors to work zone crashes. However, these causes of work zone crashes can be prevented. Motorists can decide how safe they, their passengers and roadside workers are going to be at any given time by paying attention, driving sober, eliminating distractions and wearing seatbelts.

Remember: Drive like YOU work here.