During National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, 2017, TxDOT is launching a Work Zone Awareness campaign “Humans at Work” to educate drivers on how to avoid preventable crashes and save lives. Through the campaign, the human element is front and center by featuring TxDOT employees sharing their stories of working in the work zone.
In 2016, there were 25,713 crashes in Texas work zones, resulting in 181 fatalities; an increase of 27 percent from the previous year. At any given time in Texas, there are more than 2,500 active work zones on state roads. While many TxDOT workers are injured or killed in work zones, it's motorists that make up 82 percent of work zone fatalities.
The top two causes for fatal work zone crashes were failure to control speed and failure to drive in a single lane.
Roadway work zones are hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:
More Work to Do
Work zone safety and awareness is critical, both for drivers and for the men and women who work on our highways. As TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about the dangers of work zones, we encourage everyone to take responsibility for work zone safety; from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians.