National Work Zone Awareness Week was April 11-15 and highlighted the critical issue of road user and worker safety in and around work zones. Traffic pattern shifts, large work vehicles, and sudden congestion are just some of the factors which may lead to crashes, injuries, and even fatalities.
According to the most up-to-date data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 135 workers and 140 pedestrians and bicyclists lost their lives due to work zone crashes in 2019.
Take this quiz to test your knowledge of work zone safety.
Always obey posted work zone speed limits and keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead of you.
Correct answer is c. 31.
If you can’t avoid driving through a work zone, stay alert and be constantly aware of all activity occurring around you.
Correct answer is a. True.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), work zone fatalities increased by 11 percent while overall roadway fatalities decreased by 2 percent.
Correct answer is a. Increase.
Work zones can change daily, so always pay close attention and anticipate new traffic patterns.
Correct answer is d. All of the above.
Nearly one quarter of all fatal work zone crashes involved rear-end collisions.