ODOT Moving Ahead - June 2010

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SUMMER BRINGS more cars, more work zones

Get ready for the orangest summer in state history. Oregon will have more than 165 active work zones on state highways – a record number – so drivers need to be prepared to slow down and pay attention.

traffic lanes are often narrow, rough and have little or no shoulder in a work zone.

The majority of people injured or killed in work zone crashes are drivers, passengers or pedestrians, not workers. The single biggest factor in crashes is driver According to Rosalee Senger, regional inattention; that’s why orange cones, traffic safety coordinator for the Oregon variable message signs and other tools Department of Transportation, highway are used to alert motorists. The work zones can be especially other major contributing fachazardous, and more so for tor is speed, which is why motorists and passengers work zones often require than for workers. lower speed limits. Drivers should take “Nearly all crashes the color orange as “We refer to these are preventable,” incidents as crashes Senger said. “Drivers their cue to slow not accidents,” need to treat work down and pay extra said Senger. “Most zones as places to attention in these vehicle crashes are slow down and pay the result of choices extra attention.” work zones. – choosing to follow too close, not paying Even if you don’t see ODOT Regional Traffic Safety Coordinator attention, driving under anyone working in a Rosalee Senger the influence, and so on. work zone, it’s still important to slow down because

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June 11, 2010