Recently, a construction worker was killed while painting lines on I-81 in Franklin County. According to PennDOT, the driver who struck the worker was trying to get around a vehicle whose job was keeping traffic away from the working crew members. It is unfortunate for all parties that this occurred. It is the duty of drivers on the road to be aware of construction workers and give the time, space, and patience they need to do their job safely.
So, September is finally here and most of the construction work in Pennsylvania is finished for the year, right? Well, guess again. Roadside construction and associated hazards are common throughout the entire year. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to danger in the summer months, with a combination of summer vacationers, long days, and hot weather leading to a rise in accidents. However, construction workers face danger all year round while working outside to keep our roads in good condition.
Well, Pennsylvanians, "construction season" is unofficially here. Need some tips as to how to keep your sanity and keep yourself/others safe on the road? Check out these tips below, courtesy of DrivingAmbitionInc.com.
This week, Department of Transportation organizations across the country kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week. This is an annual event to encourage safety for both workers and travelers through our country's highway work zones. This campaign is especially important at this time of year, when so many highways are undergoing spring and summer maintenance to repair the damage left by the harsh winter weather. This year, the theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expected The Unexpected". This theme was used 15 years ago, and is focused on showing drivers why it is so critical to be alert, cautious, and attentive while driving through road construction.