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National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 26-30

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When City of Roswell Water Maintenance crews or Streets employees are out in the city’s roadways repairing or installing water pipes or doing street maintenance or improvements for the citizens of Roswell, they rely on those same citizens to help keep them safe while they do their jobs. Those well-recognized orange cones, barrels and signs should never become a second thought to motorists; those indicators alert drivers to pay extra attention and use increased caution around work zones.

Keeping work crews safe on roadways is the goal of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which this year is April 26-30, according to a press release issued by the city on Monday. This national public awareness campaign spreads the message that everyone is responsible for work zone safety.

National statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019. A total of 135 roadway workers were killed in work zones in 2019.

The City of Roswell urges motorists to remember the following points when approaching or driving through a work zone to help ensure the roadway workers can complete their day’s work safely and go home to their families.

• Stay focused: When traveling through work zones, avoid all distractions.

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• Slow down: Slow down as you approach workers and be prepared to stop.

• Move over: Move early into open lanes when you see a work zone approaching.

• Maintain distance: Maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

National Work Zone Awareness Week grew out of an idea that started at Virginia’s Department of Transportation in 1997. Two years later, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Federal Highway Administration partnered to establish the national public awareness campaign, which has since expanded to include additional government agencies and non-government organizations impacted by work zone safety.

More information about National Work Zone Awareness Week can be found online at nwzaw.org.

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