National Work Zone Awareness Week
April 7, 2014
– Pennsylvanians will see $2.1 billion worth of highway and bridge improvements
this year, $600 million more than originally anticipated due to the state’s new
transportation plan, and representatives from PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State
Police today reminded motorists to drive carefully through the hundreds of work
zones they’ll encounter this construction season.
gathered at a Harrisburg-area PennDOT maintenance facility in recognition of
National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs from April 7 through April 11.
asking drivers to use extra caution in work zones so all of us can get home
safely,” said PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Brad Mallory. “With crews
working right next to moving traffic, it’s especially dangerous and especially
important that motorists obey signs and speed limits.”
to PennDOT data, in 2013, there were more than 1,800 crashes in Pennsylvania
work zones, an increase from the more than 1,600 work-zone crashes in 2012.
Sixteen people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2013, five fewer than in
reminds all drivers to pay close attention to flaggers and signs. Motorists
should maintain a safe distance around vehicles and use four-way flashers when
stopped or traveling slowly. Drivers are also reminded to turn on their
headlights in posted work zones and those who don’t face a $25 fine.
law also states that motorists caught driving 11 mph or more above the posted
speed limit in active work zones automatically will lose their license for 15
bottom line is that everyone deserves to make it home safely at the end of the
day,” Mallory said. “Please remember that there are dads, moms, sons and
daughters working hard in construction work zones, and I urge all drivers to
remember that human component the next time they think about speeding or
driving carelessly in a work zone.”
more information on work zone safety, visit www.JustDrivePA.com. Motorists can
see active construction projects before leaving home at www.511PA.com.