​Work Zone Safety

National Work Zone Safety Week​​​​​​

2018 Work Zone Awareness Week
April 9-13

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. 

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 Announcements

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      Events


      Monday, April 9, 2018

      Official Work Zone Awareness Safety Week Launch (Private Event)

      A recognition and memorial ceremony to honor fallen Georgia DOT employees. This event is for invited guests from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Shepherd Center, Drive Alert Arrive Alive sponsors, GHCA and media partners.

      9:30AM
      One Georgia Center - Plaza Level
      Atlanta, GA 30308
      The event can be viewed on Georgia DOT’s Facebook Page Live at ww.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT

      Wednesday, April 11, 2018

      All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety. Go Orange Day is an important time to show your support of the roadway safety industry, especially to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones.


      Work Zone Safety​​​​​​

      Work Zone Facts

      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).

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      60

      Georgia DOT employees have died in work zone related incidents since 1973.

      78%

      Work zone fatalities in Georgia are motorists or passengers.

      20,834

      Total crashes in work zones, resulting in 7,276 injuries and 55 fatalities in 2017.

      National Work Zone Safety Week​​​​​​

      Obey the Rules in Work Zones

      Motorists traveling through a work zone should expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death.

      • Pay Attention
      • Slow Down
      • Watch for Workers
         

      10 Tips for Driving in Work Zones

      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 a factor in 172 (28%) of the 607 fatal work zone crashes in 2014.

      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

      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.

      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!

      Distracted Driving

      Distracted driving is a key cause of many crashes, and this especially applies in work zones. In addition to DUI and impaired driving laws, related Georgia driving laws include:

      • Cell phone use is prohibited for drivers younger than 18 and school bus drivers (including hand-held and hands-free)
      • Texting is banned for all drivers
      • The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation during the 2018 Session that would require all Georgia drivers to use hands free cell phone technology while driving. If signed by the Governor, this legislation will become Georgia Law.

      View Georgia’s Cell Phone & Texting Laws


      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.

      View Move-Over-Law

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       ‭(Hidden)‬ GDOT Workers Killed in Work Zones

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      CareyEllerbee2018
      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
      DougCasey1996
      ThomasGassett1996
      NormanSlaton1996
      RonnieCarter1996
      SteveMoore1996
      DennisHouston1995
      RodSmith1994
      BuddyTeddar1993
      JimmyNorman1990

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      Work Zone Facts

      58

      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

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