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National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 15-19
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For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265

 

Work Zones:

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 15-19

 

 PIERRE, S.D. – “Roadway Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together.”

 

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 15-19, and motorists are reminded to drive safely not only for the sake of South Dakota highway workers but also for drivers themselves and their passengers.

 

“The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) wants to get the message out to the public that nearly 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers,” said Darin Bergquist, SDDOT secretary. “The goal of National Work Zone Awareness Week 2013 is to remind drivers that work zone crashes are preventable and by working together we can save lives.”

 

In 2010, work zone crashes killed 576 people and injured an estimated 37,000 nationally. Many of those accidents could have been avoided by practicing proper safety and awareness measures.

 

“People don’t realize how dangerous road construction areas can be and how quickly something can go wrong,” Bergquist added. “In many cases, orange cones and barrels are the only buffers separating highway workers from traffic. We want motorists who are tempted to speed through work zones to think about the workers, themselves and their passengers so everyone will arrive home safely.”

 

The South Dakota Department of Transportation encourages motorists to practice the following safety tips when traveling through work zones:

 

  • Don’t Speed – Reduce speed before entering a work zone. If other motorists are speeding, don’t follow the bad example. Remember, fines are double in work zones.
  • Stay Alert – Dedicate full attention to the road. Remember, somebody’s loved one is working in that area.
  • Pay Attention – Avoid distracting activities like adjusting the radio and talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • Expect the Unexpected – Watch out not only for road workers in the area, but also for construction equipment.
  • Be Prepared to Stop – Signs and work-zone flaggers save lives.
  • Don’t Tailgate Maintain adequate and safe distances from workers and other vehicles.
  • Be Patient Remember, road crews are working to improve your future ride.

 

 

To obtain the most recent road construction information in South Dakota, please visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd  or dial 511. 

 

To view the department’s “Give ‘em A Break” TV spot, visit www.sddot.com

 

 

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