D.O.T. promotes National Work Zone Awareness Month
You may think there are 2 seasons in South Dakota - construction season and winter. But in order to enjoy our roads, they must be maintained and that comes with some inconvenience. Safety is a priority.
The Department of Transportation wants to remind folks this week is National Work Zone Awareness Week with a theme of “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.”
Wednesday is Go Orange Day, bringing awareness to driving safely in construction zones.
Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019.
D.O.T reminds drivers to observe changing speed limits and eliminate distractions when approaching and driving through work zones.
Tom Horan, Regional Operations Engineer with D.O.T., says the issue is 2 fold, “It’s the public’s responsibility to make sure they get through their work zones safely and it is also the D.O.T. or workers responsibility to make sure they are doing their work in a safe manner. If everyone does that then hopefully everyone goes home safe everyday.”
Horan says before you head out, plan your route ahead of time and download the ‘SD DOT 511’ App to view construction zones.
You can join the SD D.O.T. to advocate for work zone awareness and share photos on social media using the hashtag #orange4safetysd.
Horan adds that drivers can pay attention to workers in bright colored clothing, sudden stops, obeying traffic devices, flaggers and speed limits.
For additional information on National Work Zone Awareness Week, visit www.NWZAW.org.