OCRC Promotes 2024 National Work Zone Awareness Week

The Ottawa County Road Commission (OCRC) is proud to join the nationwide effort in promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 15-19, 2024.

As the OCRC kicks off the 2024 road construction season, we emphasize the critical importance of safety in roadway work zones.

Work zones are temporary, but their impact can be permanent. In 2022, 891 people died in work zones, according to the NHTSA FARS data. Also in 2022, 94 highway worker occupational fatalities occurred in road construction sites, based on BLS data.

It’s crucial that all motorists exercise caution and adhere to safety protocols when navigating through construction areas. These sobering numbers underscore the urgent need for increased vigilance and responsible driving.

During NWZAW, the OCRC urges all drivers to heed the following safety guidelines:

Stay Alert: Keep your eyes on the road and remain attentive to changing conditions.
Reduce Speed: Follow posted speed limits and be prepared to slow down in work zones.
Eliminate Distractions: Avoid using electronic devices or engaging in activities that take your focus off the road.
Obey Signs and Flaggers: Follow directions provided by signage and construction workers to safely navigate through work zones.
Maintain a Safe Distance: Leave ample space between your vehicle and construction equipment or workers.
Expect the Unexpected: Be prepared for sudden stops, lane closures, or detours within work zones.
Get Involved!

We encourage all Ottawa County residents to actively participate in promoting work zone safety. Here’s how you can make a difference:

Spread the Word: Share work zone safety tips with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Wear Orange: Wednesday, April 17, is Go Orange Day. Show your support by wearing orange—the official color of work zone safety.

Thank a Road Worker: Next time you pass a work zone, give a friendly wave or nod to the dedicated road workers who keep our highways safe.

By prioritizing caution and awareness, we can prevent accidents and protect the lives of both road users and construction workers.

About NWZAW

NWZAW 2024 is April 15-19. NWZAW highlights the deadly dangers of inattention at highway work areas. The 2024 weeklong commemoration includes:

Work Zone Safety Training Day – April 15
National kickoff event – April 16
Go Orange Day – April 17
Social media storm – April 18
Moment of Silence – April 19. The moment of silence was started in 2022 to remember the men and women whose lives were lost in a work zone incident.

For more information about NWZAW and work zone safety, visit the National Work Zone Awareness Week website.