Number of Fatalities in Work Zones -1b

The ultimate goal is zero fatalities.

Safe, efficient travel for the public through work zones is important. All crews working in work zones are expected to conduct operations safely. MoDOT makes every effort to ensure this is the case and asks motorists to pay attention, slow down, move over, buckle up and drive without distractions.

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*Internal Review is MoDOT's investigation into each crash to determine if that crash qualifies as a true work zone fatality

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Chris Redline
Chris Redline
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District Engineer
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Kansas City District
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Measurement Driver

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Southeast District Engineer Brian Okenfuss
Brian Okenfuss
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Area Engineer
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Southeast District
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Write Up:

Safe and efficient travel for the public through work zones is crucial, which is why crews in work zones are expected to conduct operations safely. MoDOT makes every effort to inform the public to pay attention, slow down, move over, buckle up and drive without distractions to increase the safety of workers and travelers. MoDOT’s goal is zero fatalities in work zones, and only through continued efforts from MoDOT, the contracting industry and the driving public can that goal be accomplished. Continual improvement in planning, strategies and technologies are employed, and it’s is up to MoDOT staff to deploy the proper tools in all work zones.

To make progress toward the goal of zero fatalities in work zones, an internal review is conducted on each fatal crash.   For this quarter, there was one reported work zone fatality on the state system.  The crash occurred when a MoDOT TMA was struck while protecting a sweeping operation on the interstate.  The motorist was wearing a seat belt, but their inattention and failure to secure their load contributed to the severity of the crash.           

Poor driver behavior remains a primary factor in fatal crashes, which proves difficult for MoDOT to control.  Community outreach and public awareness campaigns, such as Buckle Up Phone Down, are very helpful, but ultimately, MoDOT is dependent upon the driving public to make good choices when driving in work zones. The challenges for MoDOT remain many, with changing driver behaviors at the top.

Purpose of Measure:

This measure tracks the number of traffic-related and non-traffic-related fatalities, injuries and overall crashes occurring in work zones on state-owned and off-system roadways.

Measurement and Data Collection:

Missouri law enforcement agencies submit a vehicle accident report form to the Missouri State Highway Patrol to be entered into a statewide traffic crash database. The database automatically updates MoDOT’s crash database system, which is part of the Transportation Management System. MoDOT staff query and analyze this data to identify work zone related crash statistics. Missouri State Highway Patrol prioritizes entry of the crash reports by fatality, serious injury and property damage only.

The target for this measure is updated quarterly. This target is established by projecting a 10% improvement over a five-year average.