ConnDOT: Work Zone Safety

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2014
Conference held in Seattle, Washington

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http://www.workzonesafety.org/news_events/awareness_week/2014



PAST EVENTS

"Obey the Orange" Night, March 30, 2014

{Obey the Orange Night Flyer}

Follow on: Facebook and Twitter

Event Photos

{Obey the Orange Night with Bridgeport Sound Tigers}
 


Connecticut Work Zone Awareness Press Conference
10:30 a.m. on April 7, 2014

Connecticut Department of Transportation Headquarters
Conference Rooms A & B
2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

Featuring: Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman

Event Photos

{Work Zone Safety Press Conference 2014}
 

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"Stop Tailgating, You're Too Close"

The Connecticut State Police are launching an "educational" campaign targeting tailgating motorists on highways in an effort to reduce accidents and what they call "aggressive driving habits."

The program will run throughout March in the areas of Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Middletown, and Old Saybrook. That includes interstates 84, 91, 95 and 691 and Routes 8, 9, and 15.

According to state police, the project will consist of "an educational component and then high visibility of Troopers throughout the Central Troop areas to strictly enforce following too close/tailgating violations." It's an offense that could cost drivers $132.

To read more about this campaign, visit http://wnpr.org/post/state-police-motorists-back and http://www.wfsb.com/story/24840123/connecticut-state-police-to-target-tailgaters or visit the Connecticut State Police web page where more information about the campaign is posted, http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?Q=540538&A=4226.

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{Work Zone Safety Message}

Work zones can present unfamiliar situations to road users. Changes in traffic patterns, closed or narrowed lanes, closed sidewalks, and the presence of construction equipment and personnel can cause hazards for road users as they travel through work zones. While work zone fatalities have declined almost 50% from 1186 in 2002 to 609 in 2012, more work remains to be done to save lives and prevent injuries. Below are some current statistics:

  • There were 609 traffic-related fatalities in work zones in 2012
  • More than four out of five work zone traffic fatalities are drivers or passengers
  • An average of four people are injured in a work zone every hour

Along the lines of the JustBeSafe Pledge Ė

BE AWARE - When driving, cycling, or walking, constantly monitor your surroundings for potential danger and take appropriate steps to maximize the safety of yourself and those around you.

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As drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, we are all responsible for keeping work zones safe. Below are tips for travelling in work zones:

  • Expect the Unexpected. Things may change overnight on the routes you travel everyday. Normal speed limits may be reduced; traffic lanes and sidewalks may be closed, narrowed, or shifted; and people may be working on or near the road.
  • Stay Alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distraction while approaching and driving/walking/biking in a work zone.
  • Keep a Safe Distance between you and the car ahead of you. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.
  • Obey Speed Limit. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
  • Keep Up with the Traffic Flow. Donít slow down to look at road work.
  • Obey Road Crew Flaggers and Pay Attention to the Signs. The flagger knows what is best for moving all road users safely through the work zone. The construction signs are there to help every one move safely through the work zone.
  • Know Before You Go. Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information; and schedule enough time so you can reach your destination on time and safely.
  • Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zones are not there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the crew members are working to improve the transportation system.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.

{Slow Down for Work Zones!}

Work Zone Wally

Connecticut Department of Transportation Work Zone Safety Mascot

{Work Zone Wally}

About Me

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.

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{email icon} To contact us, email at DOT.CTWorkZone@ct.gov.