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Safety stressed during National Work Zone Awareness Week

Both Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey have proclaimed April 11-15 “Work...
Both Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey have proclaimed April 11-15 “Work Zone Awareness Week”.(KOLN)
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 3:10 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The theme for 2022′s National Work Zone Awareness Week ‘Work zones are a sign to slow down’. Both Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey have proclaimed April 11-15 “Work Zone Awareness Week”.

The nature of the work done by road and highway maintenance and construction crews puts workers in harm’s way.

Work zones are marked with signs and advanced warnings to give drivers as much notice as possible before entering the work zone. No matter how many signals are in place, no work zone is safe unless drivers pay attention and slow down.

Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these travel tips:
• Pay attention. You should always keep your eyes on the road, but this is exceptionally important in work zones. Be aware of all signage throughout work zones that can indicate reduced speeds, lane changes and other important information.
• Avoid distractions. This not only includes cell phone use, but eating, drinking, and operating radios or GPS devices.
• Slow down. Lane closures, traffic pattern shifts and reduced speeds are common in work zones. Be sure to slow down when entering a work zone and keep an eye out for roadside workers.
• Move into the open lane. When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible. Be sure to pay close attention to vehicles around you that could be in your blind spot.
• Keep your distance. Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones – maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you at all times.
• Research your route. Before setting out on the road, research your route. When possible, avoid active work zones and use any detours that are available.

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