ConnDOT: Work Zone Safety

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TBD: Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center, Hartford

November 29, 2014: Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport



PAST EVENTS

October
Comcast Safety Rodeo, Xfinity Center, Hartford
Farmington Public Safety Day

September
Connecticut Day, Eastern States Exposition, The Big E
Steely Dan, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford

August
Miranda Lambert, Xfinity Center, Hartford
Jackson Browne, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford
New Britain Rock Cats
Jason Aldean, Xfinity Center, Hartford

July
Mayhem Tour, Xfinity Center, Hartford
Toby Keith, Xfinity Center, Hartford
Crosby Stills & Nash, Toyota Oakdale, Wallingford
New Britain Rock Cats

May
Construction Pro Rodeo, Durham Fairgrounds

April
2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week, Seattle, Washington
Connecticut Work Zone Awareness Press Conference, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Meet and Greet, Kidco Child Care Center

March
"Obey the Orange" Night, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport

{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

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.

{Wally with Sign}

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 Crew

Connecticut Department of Transportation Work Zone Safety Mascots

{Work Zone Wally}

Meet Safe T. Sam, Work Zone Wally, and Darryl the Barrel Dog

As you may have seen on the side of the highways in your travels or at some events here in CT, Work Zone Wally has been the first advocate out there in CT for our work zone workers. now he has two helpers to spread the word: his trusty companion Darryl the Barrel Dog, who can easily come into buildings and the kids love him, and his mobile buddy Safe T. Sam, who can walk up to you and shake your hand.

We were adopted by the Connecticut Work Zone Safety Awareness Working Group as their mascots and they didnít waste any time putting us to work. Wally's 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. Through sponsorship of Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Xfinity Center, Darryl and Sam have been able to showcase our message too.

Our 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.