RALEIGH - In conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs April 7-11, the N.C. Dept. of Transportation and law enforcement agencies across the state remind motorists to slow down and drive safely through North Carolina's work zones.
In 2013, more than 1,700 people were injured and 13 people were killed in work zone crashes in North Carolina.
"National statistics show that four out of five work zone fatalities involve motorists, and that more than half of work zone crashes are the result of speeding and driver inattention," said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program. "It is imperative that drivers slow down and pay attention in work zones to protect themselves, other motorists and those working behind the orange barrels."
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials produced a PSA illustrating how speeding in a work zone can be a costly mistake. The penalty for speeding in a designated work zone in North Carolina is $250.
Work zone safety is especially important this time of year because both road construction season and the peak travel season traditionally begin in April. On average, there more than 150 major work zones across the state at any given time. Work zones are not limited to interstate highways; road construction and maintenance activity often affects U.S. routes, N.C. routes and secondary roads as well.
NCDOT offers the following work zone safety tips to motorists:Stay alert;Obey posted speed limits and do not speed;Keep a safe following distance;Minimize distractions such as cell phones; andExpect the unexpected.