Work Zone Safety

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a way to raise public awareness for work zones and those who work in them. Motorists are encouraged to slow to posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment. This year’s theme is Drive Like You Work Here.

Go Orange Day, April 10

As part of NWZAW, all are also encouraged to participate in Go Orange Day on April 10 - a day where individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder to others of work zones, and post photos of their Go Orange Day activities to further spread awareness of work zone safety. While fun, participation in Go Orange Day and NWZAW goes a long way in getting much needed attention on work zone safety.


Work Zone Safety/Go Orange Press Conference

Minnesotans need to slow down for roadside workers


Additional Resources

National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Campaign Materials

Federal Highway Administration Work Zone Safety Facts

MnDOT Work Zone Safety

Move Over for Flashing Lights


The Facts
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in 2017 there were 710 work zone fatal crashes and 799 fatalities, the majority of which were motorists, with 132 deaths accounting for roadway worker fatalities. Additionally, there were a total of 158,000 work zone crashes total in 2016 - of which 42,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 61,000 injuries.

And on average, in 2015:

  • A work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.
  • Every day, 70 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one injury.
  • Every week, 12 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one fatality.


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