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MassDOT supports the 2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15.  This year’s theme is: “Don’t Be That Driver!”

The goal is to reinforce the message that driving in and around work zones requires motorists to constantly be alert and prepared for changes that a distracted driver may not notice in time to prevent a potentially fatal crash.

The most frequently occurring type of work zone crash is a rear-end collision. Cell phone use decreases brake time by 18 percent, and causes a 25 percent increase in erratic driving.

In 2014, distracted driving was a factor in 16 percent of fatal crashes in work zones, while speeding was a factor in 29 percent. Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute.

The presence of large trucks, construction equipment, changing traffic patterns, flaggers, stopped vehicles and reduced speed limits creates an environment where being alert can be the difference between life and death.

National Work Zone Awareness Week began in 1999 when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and the American Traffic Safety Services Association joined forces to increase public awareness at the start of the highway construction season. In 2000, it became a national event and awareness has grown ever since, with State DOTs and other organizations sponsoring high-visibility education and outreach initiatives at this same time every year.

Join the campaign and “Don’t Be That Driver.”

 

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