Each year, Georgia DOT participates in
Work Zone Awareness Week to raise the public consciousness about the need for driving safely in work zones. The campaign is held at the start of the highway construction season to draw attention to the safety needs of road workers, as well as motorists.
Fatal work zone crashes are on the rise in Georgia with a steady increase from 23 fatalities in 2014 to 55 fatalities in 2017. The top causes for fatal work zone crashes are often associated with distraction, driving too fast for conditions and driver impairment (under the influence or fatigued).
Georgia DOT employees have died in work zone related incidents since 1973.
Work zone fatalities in Georgia are motorists or passengers.
Total crashes in work zones, resulting in
7,276 injuries and
55 fatalities in 2017.
Motorists traveling through a work zone should expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death.
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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.
Obey the posted speed limit, even when workers are not present. Speeding was a factor in 172 (28%) of the 607 fatal work zone crashes in 2014.
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.
Failure to obey speed limit signs or a flagger’s traffic control directions can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment.
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.
Travel the posted speed limit and avoid the urge to reduce travel to an unsafe speed in an effort to look at the construction work. This can lead to avoidable rear-end collisions.
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.
Work zone crews are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.
It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up.
Dads, Moms, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, and Sisters Work HERE!
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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.
Georgia DOT workers died in work zones over the last four decades.
People Injured Each Year in Work Zone Crashes (2014)*
Work Zone Related Fatalities (2014)*
Work Zone Fatalities are Drivers and Passengers, not Workers (2014)*
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