Work Zones

The added seconds or minutes that may result while passing through a work zone represent a very small "price" to pay for years of safer driving. It's also worth remembering that the sign and other directions given at work zones are intended to get you, your family and motorists around you to your home, work and other destinations as quickly and safely as possible.

Work Zone Facts

  • Total miles of state highways:
    • 7,048
  • Work zone deaths from 1999–2005
    • 47
  • Work zone injuries from 1999–2005
    • 4,444
  • Number of accidents involving alcohol from 1999-2005:
    • 432
  • Number of accidents involving property damage from 1999–2003:
    • 5521
  • The most likely time for a work zone accident:
    • daylight, clear or cloudy, on a Wednesday in August
  • Workers most at risk:
    • traffic flaggers
  • Top three types of collisions:
    • rear-enders, striking a fixed object, sideswiping
  • The two major reasons for work zone crashes:
    • speeding & inattentive driving.

Four out of five drivers in a recent survey said they slowed down when they entered work zones. However, radar speeds showed none of them actually did.

It takes less than a minute more to travel through a two-mile long work zone at 45 m.p.h. than at 65 m.p.h.—52 seconds, to be precise.

At 60 m.p.h., a vehicle travels 88 feet per second. In the ¾ second it takes to put your foot on the brake, you’ve gone 66 feet—180–220 before the car stops.

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