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Work zone safety emphasized at Capitol event


May 20, 2013
For more information: Nicole Charlson, Region 2 Traffic Safety Coordinator, (503) 986-2763 or Shelley M. Snow, Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438 or Lou Torres, Region 2 Public Affairs, (503) 986-2880

100 years of transportation safety: learning from the past, working toward a zero fatality future

May is Transportation Safety Month in Oregon. As we wrap-up a month long focus and move forward into the height of road construction season, the Oregon Department of Transportation and our public safety partners will host a safety event at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Tuesday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join ODOT employees on the Capitol steps and in the Gallery to learn from the past and work toward a zero fatality future. With 100 highway construction projects happening this summer and hundreds more work zones on county and city roads, now is the time to pay attention to work zone safety. Highway work zones can be especially hazardous, and more so for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians than for construction workers.
To coincide with ODOT’s 100th Anniversary this year, the theme for Transportation Safety Month is “100 years of transportation safety.” A lot has changed in the last 100 years; highway work zones have gone from workers carving out roads by hand with pick axes and shovels to modern machinery guided by expert operators building and maintaining infrastructure accessible by cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Yet one thing remains the same: Oregonian’s commitment to transportation safety.
The May 28 event is the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of the brand new 2013 ODOT Summer Construction Map, see photos of transportation safety from the last 100 years and gather some tips on how to travel safely through work zones. We look forward to seeing you there.
Media advisory: photo and interview opportunities
• Several ODOT employees will be available to share stories of close calls in highway work zones.
• Pick up a copy of the 2013 ODOT Summer Construction Map.
• See historic photos of transportation projects.
• Orange cones will be used as a visual reminder of 97 people who lost their lives in work zone crashes over the past 10 years.
Learn more about work zone safety, get statistics and more on the Safety Division's website.