Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Work Zone Awareness Week

The 2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week is this week, April 23-27, 2012 - "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive” is this year’s theme.

Although this is work zone awareness week, the Overland Park Police Department encourages everyone to drive safely in work zones all year long. Members of the police department will continue to be visible in work zones to increase driver awareness and to enforce the speed laws as necessary.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), 566 people were injured and 11 people were killed last year in Kansas work zone accidents.

When traveling through a work zone, motorists should always do the following:

• Follow traffic control

• Stay alert

• Watch for workers

• Expect delays

• Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you

• Change lanes when directed to do so

More information on work zone safety can be found on KDOT’s website, by clicking on the Go Orange logo.