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   Work Zone Safety Tips
  • Follow traffic control.
  • Stay alert.
  • Watch for workers.
  • Expect delays.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Change lanes when directed to do so.
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   2013 Kansas Work Zone Statistics
   Kansas Work Zone Accident Statistics in 2012
Total accidents - 1,102 Property damage only830
Fatal accidents5 Persons killed6
Injury accidents - 267 Persons injured379

Of the 6 people killed in work zone accidents, All were motorists and 2 were pedestrians.
Driver-related contributing circumstances were recorded in 81 percent of all work zone accidents.
The top 5 contributing circumstances were following too close, inattention, too fast for conditions, right of way violation, and improper lane change.
There were no adverse weather conditions in 89 percent of work zone accidents.
The accidents happened during daylight hours in 75 percent of the accidents.
*The 2013 data is incomplete and unofficial at this time

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   2012 Kansas Work Zone Statistics
   Kansas Work Zone Accident Statistics in 2012
Total accidents - 1,780 Property damage only1,346
Fatal accidents7 Persons killed8
Injury accidents - 427 Persons injured628

Of the 10 people killed in work zone accidents, 5 were motorists and 2 were pedestrians and 1 was a highway worker.
Driver-related contributing circumstances were recorded in 83 percent of all work zone accidents.
The top 5 contributing circumstances were following too close, inattention, too fast for conditions, right of way violation, and improper lane change.
There were no adverse weather conditions in 93 percent of work zone accidents.
The accidents happened during daylight hours in 79 percent of the accidents.
*The 2012 data is incomplete and unofficial at this time

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   2011 Kansas Work Zone Statistics
   Kansas Work Zone Accident Statistics in 2011
Total accidents - 1,617 Property damage only1,212
Fatal accidents6 Persons killed7
Injury accidents - 399 Persons injured569

Of the 7 people killed in work zone accidents, 6 were motorists and 1 was a pedestrian.
The top contributing circumstances were driver-related in 82 percent of all the accidents with the main cause being inattention. Other causes included failure to yield, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, and disregarding signs-signals-markings.
There were no adverse weather conditions in 89 percent of the accidents.
The accidents happened during daylight hours in 75 percent of the accidents.
(The 2011 data is incomplete and unofficial at this time.)

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   2010 Kansas Work Zone Statistics
   Kansas Work Zone Accident Statistics in 2010
Total accidents - 1,554 Property damage only1,134
Fatal accidents4 Persons killed4
Injury accidents - 418 Persons injured593

Of the 4 people killed in work zone accidents, all were motorists.
The top contributing circumstances were driver-related in 82 percent of all the accidents with the main cause being inattention. Other causes included failure to yield, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, and disregarding signs-signals-markings.
There were no adverse weather conditions in 86 percent of the accidents.
The accidents happened during daylight hours in 75 percent of the accidents.

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   2009 Kansas Work Zone Statistics

Kansas Work Zone Accident Statistics in 2009

Total accidents1,294 Property damage only954
Fatal accidents1 Persons killed1
Injury accidents - 339 Persons injured - 513

The 1 person killed in a work zone accident was a motorist.
The top contributing circumstances were driver-related in 81 percent of all the accidents with the main cause being inattention. Other causes included failure to yield, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, and disregarding sign-signal-markings.
There were no adverse weather conditions in 86 percent of the accidents.
The accidents happened during daylight hours in 73 percent of the accidents.

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   Kansas highway workers memorial
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Kansas highway workers memorial
A memorial recognizing all highway workers for their dedicated service was dedicated at the Paxico Safety Rest Area along I-70 in Wabaunsee County on April 8, 1996. Kansas Gov. Bill Graves was joined by Secretary E. Dean Carlson and Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Lonnie McCollum in dedicating the KDOT Employee Memorial.
“This memorial recognizes not only highway workers who were killed on the job, but all highway workers who have toiled or will toil in a work zone,” said Gov. Graves. “This memorial stands to remind all Kansans of the dedicated service provided by each and every highway worker.”
The KDOT Employee Memorial is situated in two locations in the Paxico Safety Rest Area. A set of five limestone panes stands o the north side of the rest area. An identical set of panels is located on the south side of the rest area. The memorial can be accessed by both eastbound and westbound I-70 traffic.
“This memorial should also serve as a reminder to those of us who drive on Kansas roads to respect speed limits in work zones, and to pay special attention to the flagmen and flagwomen who direct us through work zones,” said Secretary Carlson.
The memorial was designed by KDOT’s Landscape Section in the Bureau of Design. The limestone slabs were produced by Bayer Stone of St. Marys, and Tollakson Sculptures of Emporia. The construction of the memorial was complete by Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc. of Manhattan.

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   Links of Work Zone Safety Information

KDOT work zone safety video, “Behind the Vest” -
http://wwwdev.ksdot.org/bureaus/burcompser/podcast.asp

KDOT work zone safety public safety announcement (PSA) -
http://wwwdev.ksdot.org/bureaus/burcompser/podcast.asp

FHWA Work Zone Information
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/

ATSSA Work Zone Information
http://www.atssa.com/Events/NationalWorkZoneAwarenessWeek.aspx

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (national and state-by-state information on work zone events and other activities) -
http://www.workzonesafety.org/  

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