National Work Zone Awareness Week Seeks to Prevent Crashes

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The blossoming flowers are not the only bright colors that are a signal the it’s springtime in Kentucky. Orange and yellow barrels, cones and high-visibility vests and helmets spotted frequently in work zones are also welcoming in the warmer season.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining other state transportation agencies along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week today, April 26th, through the 30th. Gov. Andy Beshear recently signed a proclamation honoring the awareness week in Kentucky to keep drivers and workers safe.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an effort to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities in various work zones – highway construction and maintenance workers, mowing contractors, utility crews, brush cutters and tree trimmers. But it’s not solely for the protection of work crews.

“It often comes as a surprise to learn that in Kentucky, and in fact nationally, most work zone victims are motorists, not the workers,” KYTC Secretary Gray said. “We want drivers to know they, too, have a vested interest in work zone safety.”

According to FHWA records, one person is killed every 13 hours and one is injured every 13 minutes in a work zone. But four out of five are motorists, not workers. In Kentucky in 2020, there were 905 work zone crashes, 228 injuries and six fatalities. All of those killed were motorists.

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, KYTC will be promoting two opportunities to show support for work zone safety. Wednesday, April 28, is “Glow Orange Day”, during which KYTC invites organizations and citizens throughout the commonwealth to use the Cabinet’s Facebook profile frame, posts and tweets to show support for work zone safety. Participants can use a #glowky hashtag. They also can tag the KYTC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kytc120/ or mention the Cabinet on Twitter using @KYTC.

“Glow Orange Day” will be followed by “Vested in Work Zone Safety Day,” Thursday, April 29. The Cabinet requests participants to wear high visibility gear, take photos and post them on social media accounts using #vestedinwzsafety.