FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) reminds motorists that National Work Zone Awareness Week begins today and runs through Friday, April 13. The campaign is designed to raise public awareness of work zone hazards. This year’s NWZAW theme is Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility.
With the recent launch of PaveDC, the 10th annual Potholepalooza, and the 14th Street NW Streetscape project, the campaign serves as an important reminder of the need for motorists to heed traffic safety in active work zones.
Motorists are encouraged to slow to posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment. These actions will help move the District closer to Vision Zero, the goal of reaching zero deaths in the transportation network by 2024. DDOT urges motorists to be mindful of the DDOT's personnel in the work zone areas especially during Potholepalooza, as well as other construction projects.
The NWZAW national kick-off occurs Tuesday, April 10 in Chicago, hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The District of Columbia will be the site of the national kick-off in 2019.
Go Orange Day takes place Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Join DDOT as the agency unites and wears orange to show support for the men and women who work tirelessly to keep our roads safe. Take a picture of yourself wearing orange and show your commitment to work zone safety by posting it on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #OrangeForSafety and #GoOrangeDay.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2015 there were an estimated 96,626 crashes in work zones, an increase of 7.8 percent from 2014.
On average, in 2015:
- A work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.
- Every day, 70 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one injury.
- Every week,12 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one fatality.
NWZAW was formed by the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Federal Highway Administration. The partnership has expanded to include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), DDOT, Associated General Contractors (AGC), and American Road & Transportation Builders (ARTBA). Plus, support from many people and organizations touched by work zone safety.
The mission of the District of Columbia government's Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram like us on Facebook and visit the website at www.ddot.dc.gov. Visit goDCgo.com for more information on transportation options in the District.