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VDOT’s Work Zone Awareness Week

8 April 2019

We were in the studio with Ken Slack, VDOT Staunton District Communications Specialist & Ed Carter, VDOT Edinburg Residency Administrator to talk about Work Zone Awareness Week that kicks off nationally on Monday, April 8, 2019.

We talked about the importance of staying alert when driving through work zones, learned about some statistics for accidents and fatalities over the course of the last year, and got some “do’s and don’ts” in work zones.

Work Zone Facts

  • Four out of five persons who die in work zone crashes are motorists (drivers and passengers),
    not highway workers.
  • The odds are not in your favor. On average, a human being weighs between 150-200 pounds;
    a 4-door sedan weighs about 3,500 pounds,
    while an empty dump truck weighs 25,000 pounds. A loaded dump truck can weigh more than twice that.
  • In Virginia, enhanced penalties for speeding in work zones can mean fines of up to $500.
    (Code of Virginia §46.2-878.1)
  • Rear-end collisions (running into the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle) are the most common kind of work zone crashes.
  • Highway workers often have nothing more than a 12-pound cone separating them from traffic.

By the Numbers – Statewide

During 2018, Virginia experienced 2,523 crashes in highway work zones, resulting in 1,256 injuries and 9 fatalities. We had the following reductions in work zone crashes, injuries and fatalities this past year:

  • A 5.4% reduction in crashes (2,523 crashes compared to 2,665 in 2017)
  • A 5.35% reduction in injuries (1,256 injuries compared to 1,327 in 2017)
  • A 18.2% decrease in fatalities (9 fatalities compared to 11 in 2017)

Know Before You Go

A little research goes a long way in knowing what to expect on the highway. It’s easy to find work zone locations – before you head out the door – by checking:


VDOT's Work Zone Awareness Week

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