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News Release for National Work Zone Awareness Safety Week
WATCH FOR CREWS IN CONSTRUCTION ZONES - PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY!
Fines Double In Construction Zones
News Release for Safety Improvements on CTH's A, O, and P
Work continues between Juneau and Watertown. Please click the State road construction information link below to keep abreast of construction on this road. Dodge County is in the Southwest Region.
Contact person - Kip Gutke, Mashuda Contractors; phone number 920-229-3172.
State and National Road Construction:
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 16, 2015
By: Brian Field
Dodge County Highway Department
16th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week
March 23 – 27, 2015
National Work Zone Awareness Week began in 1999 when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement pledging to increase public awareness of work zone safety issues through a national media campaign.
Governor Scott Walker signed a proclamation earlier this month declaring March 23 – 27 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Wisconsin annually suffers nearly 1600 crashes in work zones with 720 people being injured and 8 people being killed. 80% of those killed in work zones are motorists.
The Dodge County Highway Department recognizes National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week each year and supports efforts nationally and statewide to make our work zones safer places for our employees and travelers. The national theme of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week this year is “Expect the Unexpected”. In addition, the State of Wisconsin has a “Move over Law” which requires motorists to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles. That includes all vehicles working within the highway right-of-way but especially law enforcement and highway maintenance vehicles.
Work zones can present an unfamiliar situation to drivers. Traffic patterns often change, lanes are sometimes closed, and the presence of equipment and personnel can cause challenges to motorists as they travel. Careful attention should always be paid while driving but especially in and around work zones. Drivers must always be attentive to changing conditions and use caution when traveling through work zones. Remember – “Fines Double in Work Zones”.
On December 18, 2003, Fond du Lac County Highway maintenance employee Dennis Roeseler was killed by a motorist while working in a highway work zone on USH 41. In March of 2006,
Winnebago County Highway employees Dan Melhorn and Marc Neumeyer were also killed while working on USH 41. The people who worked with Dennis, Dan, and Marc will never forget them, and we hope that everyone remembers the following rules when driving near a work zone:
Hang up the phone!
Expect the unexpected
Keep a safe distance from other vehicles
Watch for flaggers
Pay attention to warning signs
Merge as soon as possible
Who is responsible for work zone safety? Everyone!! We’re all responsible for work zone safety. If you think about it, you probably know someone who works in construction or law enforcement, is a highway employee, or a tow truck driver. All of these positions work in and around traffic and in and out of work zones.
Please honor Work Zone Safety Awareness Week by being safe as you travel through work zones. We should all do what we can to keep our construction, highway, and law enforcement workers safe and able to return home each night.
Keep in mind when entering a work zone – “Expect the Unexpected”.