This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is highlighting the dangers and consequences of speeding through construction and work zones.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has coordinated and co-sponsored the event with other transportation groups since 1999.
“Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake,” is this year’s slogan, according to the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, which posted a 30-second video on its website.
American Trucking Associations urged all motorists to slow down, and ATA’s America’s Road Team captains — professional truck drivers selected for their exemplary records and commitment to safety — offered several tips for drivers moving through work zones.
They include slowing down, expecting the unexpected, not tailgating and keeping a safe distance, paying attention to posted signs, avoiding distracted driving, being patient and being aware of blind spots.
“Motorists need to slow down and take caution when driving through work zones,” Bryan Wold, an America’s Road Team captain and a driver for Con-way Freight. “Reducing speed, paying attention and keeping a safe distance from other motorists and workers will help move everyone through the construction areas safely.”