Drive safe in work zones this week, every week

THE SEASON OF SPRING is finally here, and right behind it are the seasons of summer – and road construction.

With that looming, this week (April 7-11) has been designated Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

While road work projects have not begun yet in Sheboygan County, they have already started in other parts of the state and will be coming to our county soon enough – it’s as inevitable as green leaves on the trees.

Driving is a task that requires full attention and concentration under all conditions – something that too many drivers forget, all too frequently.

But that’s especially true in construction zones.

Those usually feature narrowed lanes, lane shifts, temporary pavements, reduced speeds and night work.

That demands the utmost attention from drivers, as situations can change and hazards can be present.

Work zones also usually feature men and women working in exposed situations, in extremely close proximity to passing traffic.

That especially demands the utmost attention to protect their lives and safety.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb summarized it in a press release announcing

Gov. Scott Walker’s proclamation of Work Zone

Awareness Week.

“Driving through a work zone is challenging under the best of circumstances, but your reaction time and margin for error are reduced significantly if you speed, tailgate or don’t pay attention to rapidly changing traffic situations. Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of crash in a work zone. In work zones, workers and equipment are often operating within a few feet of traffic. Although construction workers are at a great risk of being hit, about three out of four people killed in work zone crashes are motorists. Because of the risk to motorists and workers, traffic fines are double in work zones.”

The delays caused by work zones are never welcome, but it is something we all have to deal with if we want safe, smooth and efficient highways to drive on.

Taking a little time and using a lot of caution in work zones ensures the safety not only of construction workers but of yourself, your passengers and other drivers and passengers on the road.

It may cost you a little more time to slow down, use caution and be attentive in construction zones, but the cost of not doing so is so much greater.

At issue:
Work Zone Awareness Week
Bottom line:
Make it every week

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