We are quickly approaching National Work Zone Awareness Week: a week dedicated nationwide to increasing awareness regarding work zone safety. The week serves as a reminder of the employees constantly working to make the roadways safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.
This event was instigated by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 1997 in order to promote caution, codify safety, emphasize training and best practice, and manage expectations for motorist’ behavior. The first NWZAW event ever took place in Springfield, Virginia in 2000, and the week continues as an annual tradition! Events have been held in Washington D.C, Missouri, Maryland, and other locations around the country!
This week also serves to commemorate the people who have passed away while working in highway construction zones. These employees risked their lives and paid the ultimate price while working to ensure those using the roadway could do so safely. Our desire is to merit government funding to secure proactive measures that will protect the lives of workers on the job. Instituting safety precautions will go so much farther than conducting research after accidents have occurred.
We believe the safety of people is worth investing in, and we are honored and excited to set aside a week to focus on highway safety. The week will take place on April 26-30, with the kickoff event in Michigan on April 27! Our theme for this year is encouraging people to drive safe and work safe in order to save lives.
We invite you to be a part of making the roadways safer for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you there!