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Move Over for Work Zones. Don't Zone Out.

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Move Over in Work Zones poster

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

As the season begins, MoDOT asks that you please watch out for highway workers as you travel. They spend their days working a short distance from fast-moving vehicles, and while they make every effort to work safely, they are counting on you to pay attention, slow down, and be careful as you pass by their work areas.

In 2012, Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly added MoDOT vehicles to the “Move Over” law, which protects law enforcement and emergency response vehicles parked on the side of the road. This law requires motorists to slow down or change lanes when approaching these vehicles, and now includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber and white lights flashing.



Clifton Scott Public Service Announcement

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.

  • In 2013, 8 people were killed in work zones, compared to 7 in 2012.
  • Between 2009 and 2013, 53 people were killed and 2,781 people were injured in Missouri work zones.
  • Since 2000, 16 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.
  • The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes in 2013 were following too closely, improper lane use or changing lanes, inattention, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to yield -- in that order.
  • The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt. In 2013, 63 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.


Letter from Josie Beard  
In May 2012, construction worker Dennis Beard was killed as he worked on I-64 in Illinois. His family asks all motorists to slow down and remember to do their part to make sure everyone gets home safe. (pdf)  

Don't Zone Out in Work Zones

Buckle Up! – Every trip, every time – safety belts save lives.

Stay Alert! – 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.


No One Likes a Distracted Driver! Especially not in our work zones. Enjoy this quick video illustrating the chaos distracted driving can create....even if you're pushing a shopping cart!


AASHTO National Work Zone Awareness Week 2013 PSA Video

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