Drive like you work here: National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12, 2019

CFX is joining other transportation agencies around the country to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week. Now in its 19th year, this week-long awareness event promotes the importance of work zone safety.  CFX urges drivers to always use extreme caution when driving through work zones to decrease crashes, fatalities, and injuries.

This year’s theme, “Drive Like You Work Here,” serves as an important reminder that for thousands of members of our community – the roadway is their “office.” This includes construction and engineering professionals as well as emergency and law enforcement personnel.

Whether you work in an office, or on the roadway, everyone deserves to get home safely. “There are still far too many incidents that leave roadway workers injured, or worse, dead. It might seem innocent to speed a little or check your phone—but the results of these behaviors can end in tremendous tragedy. Just remember to use caution to keep others safe,” urges one of the founders of the national event.

As a champion of work zone safety, the Central Florida Expressway Authority invites you to join us and advocates around the country in wearing orange to show support for work zone safety on Wednesday, April 10 – National Go Orange Day.

Did You Know?

Racquel Asa asks Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes “What do you do when you get into a crash in a work zone?” Do you know what rules apply? Learn more here >

A CFX Road Ranger describes the “hot” side that all roadway personnel work hard to avoid. Learn more here >

The MOVE OVER law:

Whether its law enforcement or emergency personnel assisting other drivers, move over to give them space to work. It’s Florida law and the right thing to do.

When driving in or around a work zone, follow these quick tips to stay safe in a work zone:

  1. Slow and steady. Often times, speed limits in a work zone are lower than on the regular stretch of road. Keeping an eye out for the posted limit and easing off the gas can help you stay in control.
  1. Keep an eye out. When roadway workers are present — and especially when they are close to traffic — keeping tabs on their whereabouts can keep you alert and decrease any chances of injury. Expect the unexpected in work zones.
  1. Slide to the left (or right). When emergency, law enforcement, or utility vehicles are stopped on the road, your best bet is to move over when possible or slow down (plus, it’s the law). Avoid a ticket and an injury — it’s a two-for-one!

See more tips: View the 2019 NWZAW Fact Sheet or head over to DriveSmartFlorida.org to put your driving skills to the test and learn some friendly CFX tips.

For more information on the national event NWZAW and all of the ways you can participate, visit nwzaw.org.