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 is an annual campaign held at the start of the construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The 2023 theme —
Work with Us — You play a role in work zone safety — reminds travelers that keeping everyone safe, whether traveling in a vehicle or working alongside the roadway, safety is a shared responsibility.
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Work Zone Safety Training Day Companies are encouraged to pause during the workday for safety demonstrations, discussions about safety policies and other prevention steps.
National Kick-offThe kickoff event will be livestreamed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) at 10 AM CT.
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Moment of SilenceTake a moment of silence in honor of all the fallen Georgia DOT workers who've died in work zone related incidents.
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Georgia DOT is committed to keeping workers and travelers safe on our roads. Check out the latest information and safety tips concerning work zones in Georgia.
The top causes of fatal crashes are often associated with distraction, driving too fast for conditions, and driver impairment. Learn about the safety programs that help keep motorists safe.
What is a Work Zone?
A work zone is an area of a traffic way with highway construction, maintenance, or utility work activities. A work zone is typically marked by signs, channeling devices, barriers, pavement markings, and/or work vehicles.
Why is Work Zone Safety Important?
Work Zone Safety prevents accidents and ensures the safety of workers and motorists, it is essential to implement effective work zone safety measures. These measures can include proper traffic control, the use of safety barriers and cones, and the provision of clear signage and instructions to motorists.
What is a good driving rule while driving through work zones?
Slow Down and move over if possible. Lane closures, traffic pattern shifts, and reduced speeds are common in work zones. Make sure to slow down when entering a work zone, move over a lane if possible, and keep an eye out for road workers.
What is a different kind of sign you use in the work zone?
Warning Signs - Construction and maintenance warning signs are used extensively in street and highway work zones. These signs are normally diamond shaped, having a black symbol or message on an orange background.
How fast should I drive near a work zone?
Federal guidelines exist and the average speed in a work zone is between 45 mph and 55 mph. This is to give drivers and workers enough time to react to dangerous situations. There are often signs indicating reduced speed zones ahead of construction zones as well.
How should I navigate through a work zone as a pedestrian?
It's always safest to simply avoid the construction area. If not practical to avoid the area completely, the pedestrian must be especially attentive and careful when using temporary routes that divert or detour pedestrians around the work zone.
How do I get construction notifications or traffic alerts before I leave home?
You can Call 511 from your phone, download the 511 app on your phone or simply visit 511ga.org
What is Georgia 511?
Georgia 511 is a free travel and traffic service courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT). This free travel service provides travel updates, roadside assistance, traffic congestion information, and more to the motoring public in the state of Georgia.
Is there free roadside assistance in Georgia?
Georgia DOT offers complimentary interstate highway assistance for motorists across Georgia. Call 511 for vehicle assistance or to report an issue.
Below is a list of all the fallen Georgia DOT workers who've died in work zone related incidents.
Obey the rules of work zones and be aware of construction vehicles entering or exiting the roadway.
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.
Speed is a factor in many accidents. 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.
Never drive too fast for conditions or impaired by drugs, alcohol or sleeplessness, whether in a work zone or anywhere else
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.
View Hands-Free Law
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.
View Seat Belt Law