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      GDOT Worker who have died in work zones

      59 Georgia DOT workers died in work zones over the last four decades.



      National Work Zone Safety Week​​​​​​

      2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week
      April 3-7

      Each year, Georgia DOT participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week. This annual campaign is held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Georgia DOT reminds drivers traveling through work zones to use extra caution, pay attention, slow down and driving responsibly. 


      National Observance

      Tuesday, April 4, 2017


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      Work Zone Safety​​​​​​

      Work Zone Facts: By the Numbers

      31,251 People Injured Each Year in Work Zone Crashes (2014)
      669 Work Zone Related Fatalities (2014)
      82% Work Zone Fatalities are Drivers and Passengers, not Workers (2014)

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      Expect the Unexpected

      Things may change overnight. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.

      Don’t Speed

      ​Obey the posted speed limit, even when workers are not present. Speeding was involved in more than one-third (36%) of the fatal crashes that occurred in construction/ maintenance zones in 2011.

      Don’t Tailgate

      ​Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and the construction workers and their equipment. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.

      Obey Road Crew Flaggers & Pay Attention to Signs

      Failure to obey speed limit signs or a flagger’s traffic control directions can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment.

      Stay Alert & Minimize Distractions

      Give your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronic devices while approaching and driving in a work zone.

      Keep Up with the Traffic Flow

      ​Do not slow down to gawk at road work.

      Know Before You Go

      Expect delays, leave early and schedule enough time to drive safely. For 24/7 real-time traffic information call 511 or visit www.511ga.org (do not do this when driving!). And follow Georgia DOT on Twitter for additional updates.

      Be Patient and Stay Calm

      Work zone crews are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.

      Wear Your Seatbelt

      It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up.


      Remember: Dads, Moms, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, and Sisters Work HERE!

      Georgia's Move-Over Law

      The law requires drivers - when encountering a stationary emergency vehicle flashing emergency lights - to changes lanes or slow down and be prepared to stop. This applies to Georgia DOT work zones, as well as law enforcement, first responders, tow operators and HERO operators. The Move-Over fine in Georgia is up to $500.

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      GDOT Employees Who Died in Work Zones

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      Moses B.King2016
      Spencer D.Pass2011
      Troy J.Nix2008
      Tommy G.Hudson2005
      Priscilla A.Donald2004
      Danny C.Wilbanks2002
      Randy D.Reece2001
      Gerry D.Collins1999
      RobertGolway1998
      HarryDuncan1996

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      Expect the Unexpected

      Things may change overnight. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.

      Don’t Speed

      ​Obey the posted speed limit, even when workers are not present. Speeding was involved in more than one-third (36%) of the fatal crashes that occurred in construction/ maintenance zones in 2011.

      Don’t Tailgate

      ​Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and the construction workers and their equipment. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.

      Obey Road Crew Flaggers & Pay Attention to Signs

      Failure to obey speed limit signs or a flagger’s traffic control directions can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment.

      Stay Alert & Minimize Distractions

      Give your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronic devices while approaching and driving in a work zone.

      Keep Up with the Traffic Flow

      ​Do not slow down to gawk at road work.

      Know Before You Go

      Expect delays, leave early and schedule enough time to drive safely. For 24/7 real-time traffic information call 511 or visit www.511ga.org (do not do this when driving!). And follow Georgia DOT on Twitter for additional updates.

      Be Patient and Stay Calm

      Work zone crews are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.

      Wear Your Seatbelt

      It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up.


      Remember: Dads, Moms, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, and Sisters Work HERE!


       

      Work Zone Facts

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      GDOT Worker who have died in work zones

      Georgia DOT workers died in work zones over the last four decades.

      31,251


      People Injured Each Year in Work Zone Crashes (2014)*

      669


      Work Zone Related Fatalities (2014)*

      82%


      Work Zone Fatalities are Drivers and Passengers, not Workers (2014)*​​​​



      Georgia DOT Employees Who Died in Work Zones

      Notice

      Georgia DOT Implores Motorists to Pay Strict Attention in Work Zones

      Tuesday, May 10, 2016

      In less than a week, two work zone crashes have killed a driver, seriously injured a Georgia DOT worker and proved to be traumatic near misses for other employees.

      On Monday, May 9, Assistant Highway Maintenance Foreman Curtis Lewis was critically injured in a work zone on SR 113 in Polk County. Lewis and co-worker Michael Allan Hatch were outside their truck as they patched the road. A vehicle rear-ended the DOT truck causing the truck to strike Lewis, who was airlifted to Grady Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

      In a separate incident, on Friday, May 6 a motorist was killed, and Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Operator 1 Miguel Jaime was uninjured in a work zone on I-285 at Old National Road in south Fulton County. While the HERO assisted a stranded motorist on the shoulder of the road, another vehicle entered the work zone and struck the back of the HERO truck. Jaime, who was not in his truck, was not hurt. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle that struck the HERO truck died in transit to the hospital.

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