National Work Zone Awareness Week

RALEIGH – People are urged to follow the governor’s stay at home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But if you must travel, please be careful and avoid distractions, especially in work zones.

April 20-24 is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to keep everyone safe.

From 2012 to 2019, there were more than 43,016 crashes and 202 deaths in work zones across North Carolina.  In the first two months of 2020, eight people have died in crashes occurring in work zones.

NCDOT is urging people to follow these safety tips, especially in work zones:

  • Stay alert: Dedicate your full attention to the road. Avoid using mobile phones or changing radio stations while driving in a work zone.
  • Pay attention to signs and work zone flaggers and their equipment.
  • Watch out for road debris.
  • Turn on headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
  • • Obey posted speed limits and don’t tailgate.
  • Don’t change lanes in a work zone.

Last updated 7:38 a.m. on Apr. 3, 2020