(WFXR) — Are you wearing your orange and driving safely this Wednesday?
Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which departments of transportation are using to bring attention to the danger of these areas.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in particular, wants you to slow down, ditch your distractions, and pay attention to the road while passing through work zones.
VDOT is leaving messages along the highways to remind drivers to follow the speed limit whenever they pass through these work zones.
According to the department, more than 1,500 people were hurt last year and 11 people were killed because of work zone crashes.
It’s all the more reason to be mindful of your safety, as well as the safety of every worker.
“Everyone is at risk when driving through a highway work zone,” said Jason Bond, a spokesperson for VDOT. “You really need to pay attention, minimize those distractions and expect the unexpected when you’re driving through a highway work zone.”
Back in 1997, Virginia became the first state to recognize work zone safety. It turned into a national campaign two years later.
Many people are donning their orange on Wednesday, April 28 in support of “Go Orange Day” promoting work zone safety and transportation crews.
You can share your pictures of you, your friends, and your family wearing orange using #GoOrangeVA on Twitter and Facebook. VDOT may even share your pictures on their social media.
Plus, VDOT says you get extra points if your pets are dressed in orange!