Work Zone

In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, 2018 TxDOT reminds drivers that every single day requires caution when driving through work zones. As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 27,148 work zone crashes in Texas, resulting in 199 fatalities and another 813 serious injuries. The leading causes of work zone crashes statewide – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. While many TxDOT workers are injured or killed in work zones, it's motorists that make up 82 percent of work zone fatalities.

Driver Safety

Roadway work zones are hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present; fines can cost up to $2,000.
  • Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions such as cell phones.
  • Obey road crew flaggers;
  • Expect the unexpected. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
  • Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.

More Work to Do

TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about the dangers of driving in work zones, and encourages everyone to take responsibility for work zone safety; from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians. As part of this outreach, TxDOT reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which protects TxDOT workers, law enforcement and first responders. By law, drivers are required to move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT crews, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights.

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