Florida recognized National Work Zone Awareness Week from March 23 through 27. In order to raise awareness and educate citizens on the dangers of work zones, FDOT collaborated with partners at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) as well as law enforcement to drive down fatalities in work zones. Motorists should use extra caution in work zones, obey posted speed signs, be alert, avoid distractions, and expect the unexpected.
FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Florida has many infrastructure improvement projects designed to meet the growing transportation needs of Florida families, visitors and businesses. Driving in work zones requires extra caution; be alert and expect the unexpected.”
In efforts to raise awareness, both FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) hosted a media event in Orlando.
District Five Secretary Noranne Downs talked to the media about making work zones safer through education and engineering. She reminded people that workers are not anonymous people; they are brothers, sisters, parents and children, and their lives matter.
Troop Commander FHP Troop D Major Cindy Williams talked to the media about enforcement. She said that FHP is committed to making construction zones safer, and if drivers don’t slow down, troopers will pull them over.
Michael Decker, a longtime FDOT employee, talked to the media about what it is like to work on roadways in a work zone. He spoke about what it was like in near-miss scenarios and asked motorists to slow down and pay attention.
National Work Zone Awareness is an annual campaign held to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. This year the National Work Zone Awareness Week theme was “Expect the unexpected.” Learn more by visiting the Federal Highway Administration’s website on work zone safety.