NDOT shares safety message as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week

Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 6:13 PM CDT
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With warmer weather on the way, highway workers are out on the roadways working on projects and the Nebraska Department of Transportation is asking for the public's help in keeping everyone safe.

April 20-24th is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Gary Thayer, a district engineer with Nebraska Department of Transportation, has a safety reminder to the people that need to be on the road during this time.

"We're always, like this week, trying to get people to put their phones down, to slow down, not to be distracted driving in any form or fashion in a work zone, it's just really really important for the safety of everybody involved," said Thayer.

Thayer said to please be mindful of people in work zones and that driving without distractions and not speeding will help save lives.

"Our goal, not only in the state of Nebraska, but nationally, is towards zero fatalities," said Thayer, "Everything that we can do from work zone awareness, to all of our traffic control, to getting people wearing seat belts, to putting their phones down, anything we can do to help us get towards that goal is what we’re trying to accomplish."

According to The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, nationwide there were 671 fatal work zone crashes in 2018. Speeding was a factor in one out of every four of these crashes.