National Work Zone Awareness Week 2020: Protect workers. Protect road users

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – With warmer weather on the way, we can expect to see more road crews and work zones across the state. These crews will be working on highways, rural roads, maintaining bridges, sidewalks, and streets. VDOT would like your help in protecting road crews as well as yourself and others on the road.

Put down your phone, minimize your distractions. Slow down and proceed with caution when driving through those work zones.”

Jason Bond – VDOT Spokesman

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), there were 671 fatal work zone crashes back in 2018 also, VDOT adds that speeding was an issue in one out of every four fatal crashes at work zones that same year.

More travel coming up in the summer months and more work zones being present with the warmer temperatures, we’re asking folks just to remember to use caution and stay safe in our work zones.”

Jason Bond – VDOT Spokesman

Work Zone Awareness Week is a national event that first started in Virginia.

“Back in 1997 in far south-west Virginia was the first time a Work Zone Awareness Week was held… now we set aside that week traditionally around the time change because the days start getting longer.”

For more information on Work Zone Awareness Week see VDOT’s dedicated web page here.

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