In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 20-24, 2020, TxDOT reminds motorists to make driving safely a priority when passing through the state's more than 3,200 active road construction and maintencance work zones. In 2019, more than 26,000 crashes occurred in work zones in Texas, resulting in 167 fatalities and 690 serious injuries.
Drivers and passengers account for the majority of those involved in fatal work zone crashes. In 2019, 138 motorists and passengers were killed in work zones. Five construction workers and 24 pedestrians and bicyclists also died. The leading causes of work zone crashes statewide – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable.
Work zones present a different environment for drivers to navigate. Drivers are likely to encounter uneven pavement, narrow lanes, concrete barriers, slow-moving heavy equipment and vehicles that make sudden stops. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:
More Work to Do
TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about driving in work zones. We encourage everyone, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians, to take responsibility for work zone safety. As part of this outreach, we remind drivers of the state's Move Over/Slow Down law. It requires drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when they see flashing blue or amber lights on a TxDOT vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck or utility vechicle stopped on the roadside or shoulder. Violation of this law can result in a fine of up to $2,000.