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Safety Nugget Week of August 7 - Work Zone Safety for Drivers< Back to Blog

Aug 09, 2017
By: C. Wang
Categories: Safety


While driving in Stillwater during summer time, I’ve seen all kinds of roadworks: the work on 6th street and Perkins Rd, Western and McElroy, in front of Sprouts, etc. In fact, during the past 5 years in work zone crashes more than 4,400 persons died (85 percent of which was the driver or passenger) and 200,000 persons were injured. Rear-end crashes (running into the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle) are the most common type of work zone crash. Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in summer and fall. I feel it may be helpful to bring up this safety nugget for us at this time and the upcoming season when the town will be filled up with students.

Safety Tips for the Driver:

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

  • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

Pay Attention to the Road

  • "Listen to the signs"
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead

Merge into the Proper Lane

Don't tailgate

  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Obey the Posted Speed Limit

  • Workers may be present just feet away
  • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations

Change Lanes Safely

  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning
  • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

Listen to the signs:                   


Road work is just ahead. Be prepared for unusual driving conditions.

Traffic is traveling in both directions on a roadway that is normally one way. Be alert for oncoming traffic. A lane is about to end, requiring you to merge into the adjacent lane

A flagger is ahead. Be prepared to stop and/or follow instructions.

You will need to take an alternate route soon




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