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National Work Zone Awareness Week reminds drivers: ‘Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands’

2017 national workzone awareness

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Silver Spring, MD – National Work Zone Awareness Week will take place April 3-7, with a national kick-off event planned for April 4 at the Maryland state Randolph Road/Georgia Avenue Interchange Project.

The theme for this year’s event is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands” and will focus on the importance of driving extra cautiously in work zones. Drivers should be alert and remain aware of their surroundings while following the speed limit and obeying traffic control devices.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual event. Since 1999, the Federal Highway Administration has partnered with the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to promote work zone safety, adding other transportation partners through the years.

According to the 2017 edition of "Injury Facts," a chartbook from the National Safety Council, 700 deaths and 35,500 injuries occurred in work zone crashes in 2015.

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