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NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK – Changes Annually

National Work Zone Awareness Week - Changes Annually

NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

Summer and fall are the peak seasons for road construction. Road work can be a very dangerous occupation as motor vehicles speed by, often in excess of posted speed limits, with drivers distracted and not focused on the road around them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

When driving, be alert to signs that a construction zone is ahead. Follow the directions on any signs to stop, merge or slow down. Watch for flag persons who will direct you through work zones.
Follow on social media #NWZAW or #WorkZoneAwarenessWeek.
Visit www.nwzaw.org to learn more.

HISTORY

In 1997, Virginia DOT initiated a week of promoting awareness of work zone safety before highway road construction season began. Then in 1999, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began its statewide public awareness campaign, “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Also in 1999, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) launched the first official National Work Zone Awareness Week.

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