Georgia DOT reminds everyone that roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most work zone fatalities are drivers or passengers. Whether you work in an office or on the roadways, everyone deserves to get home safely. Please remember to practice safe driving when traveling through work zones.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of the construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Everyone plays a role in work zone safety. This year’s theme “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” is a call to all motorists to help keep our workers safe by following these steps when traveling through a work zone: slow down, avoid distractions, follow all posted signs, and watch out for workers.
Georgia DOT will kick off the week-long observance to honor victims who have died in the line of duty.
Share a message of encouragement on social media for a HERO, construction worker, or other Georgia DOT employees who work in work zones. Everyone is also encouraged to take a moment of silence in honor of workers who have died in work zone-related incidents.
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Go Orange for Safety Facebook FrameHelp us observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by adding an orange ribbon to your Facebook profile photo. It’s easy to do!
Instructions: Click the button below, then scroll down until you find the orange ribbon for your display profile. The name of the filter is “National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” and the creator is “Georgia DOT”. The frame is available from April 25 -30.
Throughout the week photos will be posted on Georgia DOT's social media channel for the public to identify the differences in each set of images.
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National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse
NWZAW 2021 Poster
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).
Motorists traveling through a work zone should expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death. Pay attention, slow down and watch for workers. GDOT is committed to keeping workers and travelers safe.
Georgia DOT employees have died in work zone-related incidents since 1973 when accurate record keeping began.
Work zone crashes are associated with roadway departure and rear-end collisions.
Total number of crashes in Georgia work zones, resulting in
5,123 injuries and
24 fatalities in 2020.
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Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order to fight the spread of COVID-19 encourages Georgians to travel only for essential needs.
Obey the rules of work zones:
Things may change quickly. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may work on or near the road.
Less congestion during Georgia’s shelter-in-place order is not an invitation to exceed the speed limit. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you, and the construction workers and their equipment.
Failure to obey speed limit signs or a flagger’s traffic control directions can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment.
Pay full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronic devices.
Do not slow down to gawk at road work.
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 before you get into the car. And follow Georgia DOT on Twitter for additional updates.
Crews are working to improve the road and to make your future drive better.
It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up.
Drivers, put down the phone. Georgia’s Hands-Free Law requires hands-free technology when drivers use cell phones and other electronic devices. It is illegal for a driver to hold a phone in their hand or use their body to support a phone.
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Move over for stopped emergency vehicles. Georgia’s Move-Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane if possible when approaching stationary highway maintenance and construction workers, HERO and CHAMP operators, law enforcement or emergency vehicles, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck operators and utility service vehicles flashing emergency lights. If it unsafe to move over, slow down below the posted speed and be prepared to stop.
Buckle up. While Georgia law requires that front seat passengers wear a safety belt, GDOT recommends that all occupants buckle up. In a crash, an unrestrained passenger can injure or kill another occupant.
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Motorists traveling through a work zone should expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death.
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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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