Our entire D.E. Gemmill staff wore Orange for “Go Orange Day” during National Work Zone Awareness week to honor work zone safety and show our support for the families and victims who have lost their lives in work zones. We remind you to please use caution and slow down while driving through work zones and remind yourself the people working in these often dangerous highway or roadway conditions are someone’s parent, spouse, daughter, son, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or loved one.
Since 2000, National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign is held at the start of construction season and encourages safe driving through work zones. This year’s theme “You Play a Role in Safety. Work With Us.”
In 2021, 956 people died in work zones, also in 2021, 108 highway worker occupational fatalities occurred in road construction sites, based on BLS data. Data is also available on www.WorkZoneSafety.org
What many fail to recognize is the vast majority of people killed in work zone crashes are motorists and their passengers. In 2021, 778 drivers and their passengers died in work zones making it all the more important for drivers to slow down and stay focused while approaching and passing through a roadway work zone.