May is Work Zone Safety Month in Oregon
May is Work Zone Safety Month in Oregon, a chance to remind drivers: when you see orange, slow down and expect delays. As construction ramps up across the state this spring, keep an eye out for work zones, pay attention and watch your speed. It could save a life.
Oregon experienced an average of 331 work zone crashes involving injuries each year between 2014 and 2018, with an average of 24 of those crashes each year involving serious injuries or deaths. During that time span, 14 highway workers were injured in those crashes and four were killed.
Distracted driving causes the majority of work zone crashes, followed by speeding and driving too fast for conditions. Oregon State Police, encourages drivers to always drive safe, obey speed limits, and to be especially attentive when you see highway workers and work zones. Help everyone stay safe and healthy. Slow down and pay attention in work zones. Not only in May, but year round.
For more information and tips on what you can do to prevent work zone crashes, please visit the following websites.
ODOT News Release - May 4, 2020
AASHTO Journal - May 8, 2020
Keeping Work Zones Safe - YouTube Video
The goal of the Work Zone Safety Program is to reduce fatal and serious injury traffic crashes in all roadway and utility work zones.