Highway patrols increased for Work Zone Awareness Week

Colorado celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week

To mark the beginning of the road construction season and to prevent further incidents, the 19th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has launched and will run through April 13. With the push to rebuild the nation's infrastructure there are thousands of workers on sites across the country building and repairing bridges, highways, tunnels and more, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reported.

Effective as of October 2016, it's illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device while driving in a Wisconsin road work zone.

"This is something that is avoidable".

"Please pay attention and drive safely in work zones", said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. There will be work zones along Interstates 70, 44, 64, 55, 270 and on U.S. Route 65.

"When we're out there, again, we've got to be engaged, we've got to look for people that are on the side of the road, doesn't matter who it is, slow down, move over, that is the message", said Mark Segerstrom, the Nebraska Safety Council's Road Safety Project Coordinator.

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"Driving alert - whether in a work zone or along a straight stretch of roadway - has the potential to save lives and reduce the number of crashes dramatically", she said.

CT DOT's annual Work Zone Awareness Press Conference is April 9, and they are also promoting Go Orange Day on April 11 for everyone to wear orange and show pride and support for people in work zones.

Don't tailgate. Maintain a safe distance on all sides of your vehicle.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week today in the Shreveport-Bossier, Monroe, Chase & Alexandria DOTD Districts.

Federal statistics are in line with Kentucky's work zone fatality numbers that indicate motorists are more at risk in a work zone.

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