How to keep drivers, crews safe in work zones

By David Rookhuyzen / ADOT Communications

As long as there are freeways and highways there will be road work. And that means construction zones.

Though we try to schedule as much road work as we can for times when most drivers aren’t on the road, that isn’t always possible. We want both you and our crews to get home safely, so here are few tips for driving through a work zone:

Slow down: It's one of the simplest and most important things drivers can do, as speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.

Keep a safe distance: Most crashes that happen in a work zones are rear-enders, so we recommend keeping two car lengths between you and the car ahead and maintaining space between your vehicle and construction workers and their equipment.

Pay attention: Observe all posted signs; they are there to help traffic move through the work zone as safely as possible.

Obey flaggers: A flagger has the same authority as a posted sign and knows how traffic should be flowing through the area.

Expect the unexpected: Be prepared for changes in speed limits, lane restrictions and people working near the road.

Those are just a few common-sense items that go a long way toward keeping drivers and crews safe in construction zones. You can find more tips and some frequently asked questions at our work-zone safety website.