Summer is quickly approaching. Soon the roads will be filled with tourists and locals out enjoying all that the Midcoast has to offer. Road construction will soon be in full swing as well. Beginning in 1999, National Work Zone Awareness Week has brought attention to work zone safety on our roads and highways.
Often, we get frustrated when traffic slows and you must merge into one lane only to see the one driver who thinks it is a great idea to speed ahead and cut in at the last second. Not only is the driver frustrating, they are not taking into consideration the safety of the road works or fellow drivers. A work zone on the highway or road is a place of business. Every day road workers head to their job just like the rest of us, the difference is they have fast moving vehicles to pay attention to as well as the task at hand. The second most common cause of a road worker fatality is vehicle collision.
Here are some safety tips to remember when you are driving in a construction zone:
Pay attention to signs and flaggers – orange diamond-shaped signs are posted to give advance warning of lane closings, speed
reductions, detours, and workers ahead.
Slow Down – one of the most cited factors in work zone-related crashes is speed. In a work zone, there is less time and
room to react to a sudden changed in driving conditions.
- Avoid distractions – put the cell phone away!
- Be patient and plan ahead – Most states maintain websites informing you of traffic delays and road conditions.