Work Zone Safety
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual event that focuses national attention on worker and motorist safety in work zones. This year marks the 21th anniversary of the first national event, held in Virginia in 2000. The site where the kick-off event is held now alternates each year from being hosted in the Washington, D.C., area to different locations across the United States.
This year, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting the 2021 National Work Zone Awareness Week kick-off event on April 27 with the theme, “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” The themed poster features a vehicle driving along a winding road surrounded by work zone technologies that make work zones safer for workers and motorists.
Drive Safe. A reminder that work zones need everyone’s undivided attention. When approaching a work zone, motorists should always slow down, follow all posted signs, be alert, and remain calm. Risky driving behavior affects more than just the driver – everyone’s lives and families are at stake.
Work Safe. Technology is helping to make work zones safer by collecting data and automating processes, which can remove workers from dangerous situations and provide motorists with important information. It is also a reminder that work zone safety begins with workers who are dedicated to safety.
Save Lives. If we ALL work together, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones!
What: NWZAW 2021 Kickoff Event
When: Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m.
Where: M-59 in Macomb County
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a livestream-only event. However, you can support this safety initiative by sharing MDOT's social media graphics, talking about work zone safety with friends and family, and always driving safely in a work zone.
The event will be available to view on MDOT's Livestream channel https://livestream.com/mdot/2021nwzawkickoff.