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April 9-13 is the 2018 National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Every spring, the Missouri Department of Transportation prepares for a busy summer season of construction and maintenance work across the state.

Motorists are reminded to slow down, put their phone down and pay attention as they drive past work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

Driver inattention was the number one cause of work zone crashes last year. The average text takes five seconds to read. Traveling at 55 mph, you will travel more than the length of a football field—blindfolded. MoDOT’s slow moving maintenance operations move as slow as 10 mph and if you aren’t paying attention to the road, you will come up on the closed lane very quickly.

Any time highway workers are present on a Missouri roadway – whether it’s a long term lane closure, a moving operation, or shoulder work – your safety and the safety of those workers depends on drivers’ focus and attention. Since 2012, the state Slow Down and Move Over law includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber/white lights flashing. Motorists are required to slow down and change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles or law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing.

The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes are distracted/inattentive driving, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, substance impaired and improper lane use/ changing lanes.

Please pay attention and drive safely in work zones. Wait to merge and take turns with the other drivers on the road. We want you and our workers to make it home safe every day.

A listing of the 2018 worst traffic impacting work zones on Missouri interstates and major roads is available HERE.

2018 Work Zone No Phone Zone PSA

MoDOT wants every employee and all travelers to get home safe. Check out the Traveler Information Map any time you travel and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go.

Work zone safety is a serious matter. Check out these current statistics:

  • In 2017, 13 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional three on the local system, for a total of 16 fatalities.
  • Between 2012 and 2017, 50 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional  nine on the local system, for a total of 59 fatalities.
  • Between 2012 and 2017, 2,844 people were injured in Missouri work zones on state system routes and an additional 965 on the local system, for a total of 3,809 injuries.
  • Since 2000, 19 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty, 13 of them taking place in work zones.
  • The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt.  In 2017, 65 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.

Here are a few tools to help keep you safe and informed:
The Traveler Information Map lets you see active work zones before you get in your car so you can plan your trip accordingly.
Rate Our Work Zones – This form allows you to tell us how we can improve our work zones and keep traffic moving.
Multimedia – We use radio and internet advertising and our changeable message boards to remind travelers to be alert and drive safely in work zones.

Don't Zone Out in Work Zone                                                                                                     

  • Buckle Up! – Every trip, every time – safety belts save lives.
  • Put Your Phone Down! – Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
  • Follow Signs! – They’ll guide you through work zones safely.
  • Expect the Unexpected! – Watch for flaggers, workers and equipment.
  • Pay Attention! – Turn the radio down and don’t use your cellular phone.
  • Be Patient! – Remember workers are improving the road for future travels.
  • Don’t Speed!– Follow posted limits and adjust for weather conditions.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive! – Impairment of any kind is unacceptable.
  • Be Nice! – Merge as directed, don’t tailgate and don’t change lanes in a work zone.



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