Work Zone Safety Awareness Week 2017

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Florida Department of Transportation is holding several safety awareness events during this week.

April 3rd through April 7th is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. The Florida Department of Transportation is asking motorists, “What Drives You?” Steve Martin P.E., FDOT District Five Secretary said “Think about what drives you every day – your family, career, life experiences…We need drivers to do everything they can to stay safe on our roads so they can enjoy the things that matter to them.” This may be a reminder for drivers to be safe, stay alert, and keep within speed limits while passing through construction zones. This is more than just protecting highway workers, but protecting all motorists. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that 99% of work zone crashes injure drivers and passengers without involving road workers. By maintaining proper speed, avoiding tailgating, paying attention, and minimizing distractions, drivers can reduce their chances of being in a work zone crash.

This may be a reminder for drivers to be safe, stay alert, and keep within speed limits while passing through construction zones.

Florida Department of Transportation is holding several safety awareness events during this week. The schedule includes:

Monday, April 3 – An event in Maitland next to live traffic will highlight the ongoing importance of work zone safety. Those participating include FDOT District Five Secretary Steve Martin, FDOT Public Information Manager Steve Olson and FHP Trooper Steven Montiero. Furthermore, also taking part will be SGL Constructors, including Maintenance of Traffic Manager David Feise and Area Construction Manager Jack Leider, both with the I-4 Ultimate Project.

Tuesday, April 4 – Media is invited to a short presentation given to children at Volusia Pines Elementary School. Kids will learn how important safety is in the work zone and tell us what drives them. Thus, this activity shows that even children, passengers on the road, have motivation from special things in their lives.

Wednesday, April 5 – National Go Orange for Safety Day. They are encouraging everyone to wear orange colors to show their commitment to staying safe on the roadways. Share photos and stories with the hashtag #WhatDrivesYou and #OrangeForSafety. In honor of the occasion, several Central Florida landmarks will light up at night in orange lights. Among the sights expected to go orange for the evening are the Lake Eola fountain, the Amway Center spire, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Lynx Central Station building, and Aloft Orlando Downtown.

Thursday, April 6 – Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will perform an enforcement operation in the work zone of the FDOT project on US 17/92 from Shepard Road to Lake Mary Boulevard. Additionally, other work zone enforcement operations will be happening around the Central Florida region.

FDOT manages nearly 44,000 lane miles of roadway in the Sunshine State, including 8,378 in Central Florida. FDOT’s current five-year work program includes more than 6,800 construction and maintenance projects statewide.

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