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KDOT Participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week

Road Work AheadSeveral buildings and bridges across Kansas will be lit up in orange lights to help raise awareness on work zone safety for the week of April 8 through April 12.

This "Go Orange" movement is part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, a national safety campaign the Kansas Department of Transportation and several partner organizations participate in every year. The campaign highlights the dangers faced by highway workers and motorists in work zones and promotes safer behaviors. People are encouraged to participate by wearing orange on Thursday, April 11, the official Go Orange Day! in Kansas.

Kansas has averaged more than 1,700 work zone crashes a year during the past 10 years. Driver-related factors that affect work zone crashes include speeding, in-vehicle distractions and inattentive or rear-end collisions. Paying attention to traffic ahead and maintaining an adequate following distance are necessary for safe driving.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. Being alert is critical. When motorists are alert and obey traffic devices, everyone's safety is enhanced. The Kansas Department of Transportation has a responsibility to provide work zone traffic control and drivers have a responsibility to follow that traffic control and drive safely as they are passing through those work zones.

Work zone crashes are avoidable. If drivers were aware of how important it is to slow down in work zones and pay attention, hundreds of lives could be saved across the country every year.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check to find out if there are construction work zones along your path and allow extra time to navigate those areas.

PAY ATTENTION: Don't drive distracted by texting, eating or other activities that take your hands off the wheel. Look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.

MERGE SAFELY: If the number of lanes is reduced, drivers should not speed to try and pass other vehicles as they merge in the work zone.

SLOW DOWN: If you're speeding, you may encounter slowed or stopped traffic within seconds.

DON'T TAILGATE: Maintain a safe distance on all sides of your vehicle.

AND GIVE HIGHWAY WORKERS A BRAKE!: It's everybody's responsibility to keep work zones safe.

(Information courtesy KDOT and

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