Connecticut Work Zone Safety
The 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week will be held April 7-11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.
Who Is Responsible for Work Zone Safety?
EVERYONE. We all are responsible for driving, walking, and biking, safely through work zones. The engineers and planners have the responsibility to make sure the work zone is designed and operating properly -- with safety in mind. Drivers and pedestrians have the responsibility to always be alert and obey the traffic laws. Passengers should always buckle up and act responsibly. The police and the courts have the responsibility to make sure that the traffic and work zone laws are enforced. Public safety agencies have the responsibility of responding to and securing crash locations and enforcing traffic laws. Local communities and county and state governments need to allocate funding for safe roads and increase public awareness about work zone safety. Everyone should take responsibility for work zone safety.
- Expect the unexpected: Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.
- Slow down: Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
- Donít tailgate: The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.
- Keep a safe distance from workers and their equipment.
- Pay attention to the signs: The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely.
- Obey trafficpersons: The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone.
- Stay alert and minimize distractions: Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
- Keep up with the flow of traffic: Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging smoothly.
- Schedule enough time to drive safely: Expect delays and leave early. Check the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse for information on work zone delays throughout the country.
- Be patient and stay calm. Remember, the work zone means improvements to the road that will make your future drive better.
Recently Signed Laws:
Governor Dannel P. Malloy signing Public Act 13-92 on July 19, 2013
Safety Manuals and Guides
Work Zone Wally
Connecticut Department of Transportation Work Zone Safety Mascot
After long hours of labor, I was born on April 24, 2012. I sprung out from a construction project on Interstate 95 in Old Lyme and the highway workers who delivered me are a great bunch of guys from Tilcon, CT. I stand at almost 11 feet tall and have a glowing personality thanks to my reflective DNA. I consider myself to be an environmentally friendly chap especially since I come from recycled barrels and cones and tires.
I am new to the role of mascot, and have been taking some great advice from my friend down in Missouri, Barrel Bob. I feel lucky to have a job where I can do what I truly love and be a spokesperson for work zone safety.
I was immediately adopted by the Connecticut Work Zone Safety Awareness Working Group as their mascot and they didnít waste any time putting me to work. My first appearance was at the Annual Connecticut Work Zone Safety press conference on April 24, 2012 where I got to meet some pretty special kids who made posters to spread our safety message.
I wonít say it has been a joy ride all the time going to and from these places. I have gone by truck, van and car, which to be quite honest is a bit unnerving since Iím not all together during my travels, literally!
My mission is to be the voice of the worker and make sure all motorists are in tune to the hazards that we face each and every day.