By Dallas Hammit / ADOT State Engineer
All around the country, state
DOTs, along with our federal
partners and various transportation
associations, will all focus on work zone safety April 8-12.
That’s right: National Work Zone Awareness Week
is almost upon us once
again, and this year’s theme is
“Drive Like You Work Here.”
Even for those of us who work
at ADOT, it can be easy to slip into bad
driving habits when we’re on the
road. I hope that we can all take the
time to examine our behaviors and
decide that there’s no excuse to
drive recklessly through work zones.
At ADOT, we all have to set a good example
behind the wheel. With more than
1,000 employees who work in
maintenance and construction
projects on highways throughout
the state, work zone safety is one of
the most important issues we deal
with. We want everyone
to get home at the end of a
workday. I’m glad National Work
Zone Awareness Week shines a light
on the issue.
ADOT is working on in partnership
with the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America
and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns
promote the week.
For example, like last year, the State Capitol
dome, as well as the House and
Senate buildings, will be lit orange
from dusk to dawn during the
week. You’ll also want to keep an eye
on ADOT’s Twitter
accounts and our overhead signs for various
work zone safety messages.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to
information, including videos and
safety tips. As always, I hope you
will share what you learn with your
loved ones. Stay safe!
EDITOR'S NOTE: More safety messages from Dallas Hammit, ADOT's state engineer and deputy director for transportation, are available at Driving Safety Home on azdot.gov.