Drive Smart. Do Your Part.
On any given day, there are hundreds of major construction projects across North Carolina, not including maintenance and utility work zones (i.e., potholes or utility line repairs, roadside landscaping).
From 2012 to 2016, there were more than 21,000 crashes and 103 deaths in work zones across the state. In 2016, alone, 26 people died – two workers and 24 travelers.
To help make more people aware of the need for work zone safety – for both those who work on and along roadsides as well as the thousands who travel highways and roads – April 2017 is proclaimed Work Zone Safety Awareness Month, and April 3-7, 2017, is designated as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
In conjunction with Work Zone Safety Awareness Month, the N.C. Department of Transportation's "Drive Smart. Do Your Part." campaign is committed to sharing one simple message that can help save lives: Slow down. Don't drive distracted.
||Drive Smart. Do Your Part
The "Drive Smart. Do Your Part." campaign emphasized the need for motorists to take responsibility for the way they drive through work zones. By reducing speeds and not being distracted while driving through work zones, drivers will significantly decrease their chances of being involved in a serious wreck.
||Pay Attention or Pay the Price
The "Pay Attention or Pay the Price" campaign indicated the serious consequences of driving distracted through work zones. Not paying attention in work zones could cost someone their life. That someone could be you.