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A Work Zone Safety Video from VDOT

We all know that workers in work zones have dangerous jobs. however, David Rush of VDOT says that 4 out of 5 fatalities in work zone related crashes are to drivers and passengers, not to workers.

In this video, Rush offers ways to navigate work zones safely:

  • Avoid distracted driving - using cell phones, eating and drinking, messing with the radio or the kids in the backseat.
  • Be alert - pay attention to the cars and traffic around you, especially the car in front of you.
  •  Make sure you obey the posted speed limit and realize there will be stopped vehicles.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.


Know the differences between the uses of police, flaggers and advanced warning signs:

  • Flaggers are used when lanes are closed.
  • Electronic arrows are used when lanes are closed on multi-lane roads.
  • Law enforcement is generally present and used on high-speed roadways.


Remember, fines are typically doubled if found speeding through these areas, and for speeds 20 mph over the limit, you may be cited for reckless driving and possible jailtime, and always be on the lookout for traffic workers wearing either the orange or yellow hi-visibility safety vests.

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