National Work Zone Awareness Week starts on Monday. While it's always important to be safe when traveling through highway construction zones, this week is about raising awareness and teaching people ways they can improve safety. Thus, today's "Five for Friday" feature covers a few things you may not know about work zones.
1. Who is most likely to be injured in a work zone crash?
Nearly 90 percent of the time, it’s the motorist. Driving safely in work zone protects you as well as the highway workers.
2. On a 25-mile trip, if you drive 65 mph instead of 55 mph, how much time will you save?
Four minutes. And work zones are always much shorter than that – remember, a minute or two is not worth risking injury or death.
3. It’s Sunday and there’s no work taking place in a highway work zone. Are the fines still doubled?
4. What color is associated with work zones?
Orange. So when you see orange signs and cones, please slow down and pay attention.
5. What can you do to increase safety in work zones?
Pay attention, follow traffic control, don’t speed, expect delays, allow ample space between you and the car in front, change lanes when directed to do so, and be patient.