Transportation Safety

Work-Zone Safety

Work-zone safety is important not only to protect those who build and maintain our highways, but also to protect motorists. About 80 percent of those killed in work-zone crashes are drivers and their passengers. Preventable rear-end collisions are the most common type of work-zone crash. Simple things such as slowing down, obeying signs and flaggers, and preparing for lane restrictions go a long way to keep everyone safe.

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 before you travel. 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, crews are working to improve the road and your commute.