The Public Works Department worries about our people working in road rights-of-way. When you have staff working in the roadway you want to do everything humanly possible to ensure these workers return home to their families each night. We spend a lot of time training our crews on how to setup a work zone and the proper maintenance of traffic. The biggest fear is the careless drivers who are not paying attention.
In the State of Florida, in 2010, there were 8,464 work zone crashes resulting in 69 fatalities and 6,064 injures. There are things drivers can do to reduce these statistics.
Be Alert – Expect anything to occur when entering a work zone
Don’t Tailgate – Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones
Don’t Speed – Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone
Don’t Change Lanes in the Work Zone – Any time saved just isn’t worth the chance
Minimize Distraction – Avoid changing radio stations and using cell phones while driving in work zones
Expect the Unexpected – Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment
Florida Governor Rick Scott recently said, “Work zone safety continues to be a serious concern in Florida and is everybody’s responsibility.”