As highway construction continues into the fall across the Commonwealth, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights in work zones.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is driving attention to Kentucky’s Work Zone Awareness Week, September 13-18, to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down and driving without distractions in active work zones.
Work zones are high-risk sites for work crews, but the safety of drivers and their passengers is also on the line. The number of work zone fatalities increased from three in 2018 to eight in 2019. Two of the victims were crew workers. The number of work zone crashes rose 20 percent from 1,042 in 2018 to 1,251 in 2019.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of work zone crashes. Distracted driving behaviors include texting or operating a phone while driving eating, or applying makeup. Last year, 57 percent of work zone crashes listed distracted driving as a factor.
To help prevent future work zone crashes, the Transportation Cabinet asks drivers to practice three work zone safety tips:
Pay Attention – Don’t text, eat or perform any other activity while driving.
Respect Flaggers – Obey their guidance and watch their direction carefully.
Slow Down – Maintain a safe following distance; rear-end collisions are the most common work zone crash.