March 23-27 is the 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention as they drive past work zones. Not all work zones look alike. We remind motorists that work zones can be moving. operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes in 2014 were following too closely, inattention, improper lane use or changing lanes, failed to yield, and driving too fast for conditions -- in that order. The average text takes five seconds to read. Traveling at 55 mph, you will travel more than the length of a football field- blindfolded! MoDOT’s slow moving maintenance operations move as slow as 10 mph and if you aren’t paying attention to the road, you will come up on the closed lane very quickly.
Any time highway workers are present on a Missouri roadway – whether it’s a long term lane closure, a moving operation, or shoulder work – your safety and the safety of those workers depends on drivers’ focus and attention. The state Slow Down and Move Over law includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber/white lights flashing. Motorists are required to slow down and change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles or law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing. The law is simple: If you see flashing lights on the side of the road, move over to give workers and emergency personnel plenty of room to stay safe.
We want you and our workers to make it home safe every day.
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MoDOT wants every employee and all travelers to get home safe. Check out the Traveler Information Map any time you travel and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go.
In 2014 seven people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional two on the local system, for a total of nine fatalities.
Between 2010 and 2014, 46 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional seven on the local system, for a total of 53 fatalities.
Between 2010 and 2014, 2,614 people were injured in Missouri work zones on state system routes and an additional 733 on the local system, for a total of 3,347 injuries.
Since 2000, 16 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.
In 2014, 62 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.
The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt.
Here are a few tools to help keep you safe and informed:
The Traveler Information Map lets you see active work zones before you get in your car so you can plan your trip accordingly.
Rate Our Work Zones – This form allows you to tell us how we can improve our work zones and keep traffic moving.
Multimedia – We use radio and internet advertising and our changeable message boards to remind travelers to be alert and drive safely in work zones.