National Work Zone Awareness Week
April 6, 2001 (Release 01-034A)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Stich, (785) 296-3585
National Work Zone Awareness Week stresses ongoing need for
safety on roadways
Seven people were killed in highway work zone accidents across
Kansas last year. Maybe you knew one of those people, maybe you
didn't. But the fact still remains - the lives of seven
families were changed forever.
"It only takes a second for an accident to happen in a
work zone that could cause an injury or death," said
Secretary of Transportation E. Dean Carlson. "The Kansas
Department of Transportation's goal is to raise awareness
about work zone safety for everyone - highway workers as well as
motorists." All those people killed in highway work zones in
Kansas were motorists, not highway workers.
KDOT, The American Traffic Safety Services Association, the
Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State
Highway and Transportation Officials and other transportation
organizations are working together to participate in the annual
National Work Zone Awareness Week taking place
April 9-13. The week-long observation brings to light the hazards
and dangers that can be encountered and avoided when driving
through roadway construction zones.
There were 1,318 total accidents in Kansas highway work zones
last year and 505 people were injured. In 87 percent of those
accidents, the contributing circumstance was driver-related.
Inattention was the main cause followed by
failure to yield, following too closely and driving too fast for
"Motorists must pay attention at all times while driving,
and especially in work zones," Carlson said.
"Approximately 40,000 people are injured in the United
States each year in work zone accidents - one of them could be
you. Don't become a statistic. We want you and our highway
workers to get home safely."
This page last updated 04/05/01