2016 Fast Facts
- Across North Carolina, there were 5,831 work zone crashes.
- As a result of motor vehicle crashes, 3,095 people were injured in construction, utility and maintenance work zones across the state.
- Twenty-six people – 24 travelers and two workers – died in North Carolina work zones.
- Speeding and distracted driving accounted for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes in the state.
- Nearly 80 percent of reported work zone crashes in the state occurred on clear days.
- Speeding and distracted driving account for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes.
- Eighty-eight percent of reported work zone crashes in North Carolina occurred during dry road conditions.
- More than 75 percent of reported work zone crashes occurred during daylight hours.
Source: Traffic Engineering Accident Analysis System/North Carolina Crash Database
||% Involved in Crashes
|17 and under
|80 and older
It takes 49 seconds longer to travel through a 2-mile work zone at 45 mph than at 65 mph hour. The potential benefits of speeding don't outweigh the risks.
According to NCDOT research from 2010-2015:
- People ages 18-34 comprise 38 percent of all crashes.
- People ages 25-49 comprise 29 percent of all crashes.
- People 18-24 years old are twice as likely to be in a work zone crash than those in any other age group.
- About 69 percent of all crashes involve the driver of the vehicle.
- About 55 percent of those involved in work zone crashes are males.
- About 52 percent of crashes are in a passenger car.
- About 67 percent of crashes are in metropolitan area; 33 percent are in rural areas.
- Most crashes happen between noon and 6 p.m. with the largest percentage from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. More crashes happen from May through November, with October being the biggest month on average.
Source: NCDOT Research: N.C. Reportable Work Zone Crashes 2010-2015
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