Work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility. Join VDOT, the FHWA and other transportation professionals to help raise awareness about safety in work zones during work zone awareness week. On a national basis:
- Four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers
- One work zone fatality occurs every 15 hours
- One work zone injury occurs every 14 minutes
- Approximately 700 people are killed and more than 35,000 people are injured in work zone crashes each year
In Virginia, from 2016 – 2017, there was:
- a 9.8% increase in work zone crashes (2666 crashes compared to 2428 crashes in 2016)
- a 12.7% increase in work zone injuries 1329 injuries compared to 1181 injuries in 2016), and
- a 20.0% increase in work zone fatalities (12 fatalities compared to 10 in 2016).
What can you do?
Show your support.
Attend VDOT’s Annual Work Zone Awareness Week Vigil on April 10 at the VDOT Workers’ Memorial.
Go Orange on April 11.
Show your support for work zone workers by wearing orange on April 11.
Do your part.
When driving through a work zone:
- avoid distraction and dedicate your full attention to driving
- follow directions from flaggers and pay attention to signage
- watch for equipment and workers
- keep distance between your vehicle and other vehicles in the area
- don’t speed or change lanes
- check traffic conditions by visiting the 511 website (www.511virginia.org)