OLYMPIA – This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and we’re asking media and the public to wear orange on Wednesday, April 28, to honor the hard-working crews making our transportation infrastructure safe for all travelers.

The week honors all those lost and injured in work zone crashes and also reminds everyone about the need to be safe around work zones. Nationally, an average of 842 people are killed in work zone crashes every year. In 2020, Washington had seven fatality crashes in work zone on state roadways. Since 1950, WSDOT has had 60 workers killed on the job, the vast majority in work zone crashes. State statistics show that 94.4 percent of people killed in work zone crashes are travelers, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to be alert and extra cautious in and near work zones.

As part of the national week of events, Wednesday, April 28, is “Go Orange Day,” which asks everyone to wear orange to raise safety awareness and show support for workers. Participants can also share photos of their orange attire with #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW hashtags to amplify their message.

WSDOT works hard with training and equipment to keep our workers and everyone on the road safe, but we need the public’s help as well. Anytime you’re in or approaching a work zone please remember to:

  • Slow down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
  • Be kind – our workers are out there helping to keep you safe and improve the roadways
  • Pay attention – both to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; put down your phone when behind the wheel
  • Stay calm – expect delays, leave early or take an alternate route if possible; no meeting or appointment is worth risking someone’s life

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