In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26-30, 2021, TxDOT reminds motorists to make driving safely a priority when passing through the state's more than 3,400 active work zones. In 2020, more than 22,000 traffic crashes occurred in work zones in Texas, resulting in 186 deaths, a 9 percent increase in traffic fatalities over the previous year. Another 680 people were seriously injured.
Drivers and their passengers account for the majority of those involved in fatal work zone crashes. In 2020, 147 motorists and vehicle passengers were killed in Texas work zones. Four construction workers and 35 pedestrians and bicyclists were also killed. The leading causes of work zone crashes– speeding, driver inattention, and unsafe lane changes – are entirely preventable.
Work zones present a different and sometimes challenging environment for drivers to navigate. Drivers may 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 approaching a TxDOT vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck or utility vehicle stopped with flashing blue or amber lights on the roadside or shoulder. Violation of this law can result in a fine of up to $2,000.