Transportation Safety

Work-Zone Safety

Road crews who work on construction sites are part of families who need them, just like your family needs you. In the past five years, more than 11,000 people have been injured and more than 80 people have been killed in work-zone crashes. Nearly all of those killed and injured were drivers or passengers traveling through those work zones. With these statistics in mind, it is important to approach driving through work zones with extra caution: not just for the families who work in construction zones, but for your family too.

Consider this:

  • More than 80 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers or passengers.
  • Work-zone fatalities occur every 7 hours, or 3 times each day.
  • Work-zone injuries occur every 15 minutes, or 143 times each day.
Safety Tips: Driving Through Work Zones

Expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be restricted, and people may be working on or near the road.

Slow down! Speeding is one of the major causes of work-zone crashes.

Keep a safe distance. The most common type of accident in a work zone is a rear-end collision. Maintain two car lengths between you and the car in front of you as well as road crews and their equipment.

Pay attention. The warning signs are there to help you move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs.

Obey road crew flaggers. The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign. You can be cited for disobeying a flagger's directions.

Stay alert and minimize distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.

Keep up with traffic flow. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Do not drive right up to the lane closure and then try to barge in.

Check road conditions. Schedule enough time to drive safely and check for traffic information by calling 511 or by logging on to

Be patient and stay calm. Remember, the road crews are working to improve the road and your commute.

View our public information and outreach strategies for work zone safety and mobility for more information.