KDOT participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week
KDOT to have event Tuesday afternoon in Topeka
Twenty-five state transportation departments from Washington to New York, along with dozens of local agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, are holding events across the country today to mark the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week.
National Work Zone Awareness Week starts April 19 and runs through April 23.
FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez joined family members of victims killed in work zone accidents for the national kick-off event. The event was hosted by New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Stan Gee in Manhattan's Battery Park. The event also included Dr. Anthony Kane, director of engineering and technical services for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
"The real tragedy here is that these are preventable deaths," Kane said. "Most of the people killed in work zone accidents each year die in vehicles. Many of the victims are speeding or distracted drivers and the unfortunate passengers in their vehicles."
Seven hundred people died in highway work zone accidents in the U.S. in 2009. This year's slogan is “Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention.” It is aimed at persuading drivers to keep their eyes on the road and to slow down, especially when approaching and passing through highway work zones.
Among the events taking place during National Work Zone Awareness Week, at least two states are taking part in Operation Orange, a campaign that encourages local businesses, government agencies, and state employees to wear and/or prominently display the color orange as a reminder to drive safely through work zones. Several other states are taking part in Operation Drive Smart, an enforcement campaign targeting speeding and aggressive driving in highway work zones.
The Kansas Department of Transpiration will be having an event at the Area Four KDOT office, 101 Gage Blvd., Topeka.
At the event, KDOT employees Tony Trower and Brian Hoke will speak about close calls they have had in work zones in addition to speeches by KDOT Secretary Deb Miller and Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Terry Maple.
Several of our transportation partnering associations will present a check in support of the work zone safety program.