Drivers Asked To Slow Down As Part Of National Work Zone Awareness Week

CHARLOTTE, NC — Whether you work in an office or on our city’s roadways, everyone deserves to get home safely.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through roadway work zones.

Each year, National Work Zone Awareness Week brings attention to safety. The key message is that, as a driver, you must use extra caution in work zones to keep yourself and others safe. In short: Drive like you work here.

Drivers are asked to follow these tips to ensure everyone can get home safely:

  • Plan ahead. Expect delays and leave early to reach your destination on time. When you can, avoid work zones altogether by using alternate routes.
  • Obey signs and road crews. When approaching a work zone, watch for cones, barrels, signs, large vehicles, or workers in bright-colored vests to safely direct you where to go.
  • Slow down. Look for signs indicating the speed limit through the work zone and follow the posted speed limit.
  • Move over. Move over when passing work crews and official vehicles parked on the shoulder with flashing warning lights.
  • Avoid distractions. Keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.
  • Watch for sudden stops. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Watch for large vehicles. Do not make sudden lane changes in front of trucks.

As part of NWZAW, all are encouraged to participate in Go Orange Day on April 10, a day where individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder to others of work zones.

NWZAW supports the City of Charlotte’s commitment to Vision Zero, an action plan designed to reduce crashes and eliminate traffic-related deaths and severe injuries by 2030. Drivers are asked to join us on our road to Vision Zero by committing to slow down and stay alert in work zones. Because even one traffic related death is too many.