The City urges residents to focus on safe driving during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 8 through 12. This year’s theme is “Drive Like You Work Here.”
“Whether you work in an office or on a city street, everyone deserves to get home safely,” said Miki Esposito, Director of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU). “As we kick off construction season, let’s make an extra effort to give workers more room. Slow down and move over if you can. Thanks for helping us stay safe while we work to deliver services to you.”
A 2017 federal report showed a 2 percent increase in total work zone fatalities and an increase from 688 to 710 total work zone crashes. Speeding was a contributing factor in almost 29 percent of the fatal work zone crashes during that time. These statistics demonstrate the importance of spreading awareness of work zone safety and how to drive safely in work zones.
Work zone safety tips include:
To learn more about safe driving in work zones, visit nwzaw.org. Current information on street closures is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closure) or through the Waze mobile app.
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