ITD uses media to remind drivers
to be careful in work zones

Every spring, with road-construction season fast approaching, ITD reminds motorists to drive carefully through work zones -- for their own safety and the safety of construction workers.  During the past week, which was National Work Zone Awareness Week, the department held media events at different locations throughout the state to help spread the safety message. Here's some of the media coverage that resulted:

ITD workers urge motorists to be cautious around construction zones

Safety in Work Zones – Eastern Idaho

Make or Brake

ITD officials urge drivers to be cautious in work zones, multiple projects underway this summer

Across the U.S., there were 799 workers and motorists killed in work zone crashes during 2017 -- 82% were drivers and their passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Idaho, there were 15 work zone fatalities from 2013-2017, with 1,960 crashes in work zones during that same time period. Drivers are asked to put away distractions and pay extra attention to their surroundings. Safer driving means safer work zones for all.

"Work zones can be the most hazardous areas on our state highway system," said ITD Safety Manager Randall Danner. "We urge drivers to use extreme caution when passing through these areas so they can arrive at their destination safely and construction workers can return home to their loved ones."

ITD continually takes steps, such as this outreach, to improve employee safety. Last fall, the department shifted to high-visibility yellow vests to stand out from the orange barrels and equipment on the side of the road.
"Staying safe is an intentional act," Danner added. "Awareness will help ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and construction workers."

"As soon as we put our feet on the road, we are in our office," ITD Emergency Management Planner Neal Murphy said. "The traveling public should give all workers a break by slowing down and/or moving over."

"Whether it is a short-duration event or a long-term construction zone, we need to stay safe," he added.  

Published 04-12-19