Respect the Orange Signs and Cones
Many people say they can’t find enough hours in the day to complete all their tasks. For that reason, they try to use drive time to be productive. They might call their boss, text their best friend or apply mascara. Multitasking can be an effective use of time — but not while driving.
In 2017, 799 people died in work zone accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Although this reflects incidents that took place in road construction zones, know that accidents, injuries and deaths can happen in any roadside work zone, including utility work zones.
We ask you to help keep our crews safe by slowing down and following work zone instructions — including moving over to give them space — anytime you see orange warning signs and cones leading up to a work zone. Cars or trucks that speed through a work zone not only endanger workers on the ground, but they can also threaten workers in the air.
Driving too fast or not moving over can endanger a lineworker elevated in a bucket truck by causing the bucket to move or sway. Lineworkers already face enough hazards to contend with by working high up on power lines while battling the elements. Their profession consistently ranks on the Bureau of Labor Statistics most dangerous jobs.
Do your part — please don’t add noncompliant drivers to the mix.
Other 2017 statistics released by U.S. DOT’s FHWA show there were:
- 203 fatal crashes where speeding was a factor
- 222 fatal work zone crashes involving large trucks or buses
- 132 worker fatalities in road construction sites
Do us a favor and please drive safely and undistracted.