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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2011
(Washington, D.C.)— The theme for the 2011 National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) "Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.” serves to remind drivers of their responsibility when driving in and around work zones. In 2009, 667 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones and more than 40,000 were injured. 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers.
The NWZAW will kick off April 4 with an event at the Intercounty Connector project site in Maryland. ARTBA Chairman Bill Cox, president of Corman Construction will represent ARTBA and The ARTBA Foundation-managed National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
In roadway work zones, "safer driving" means being prepared before—and during—travel that passes a work zone. Motorists should be ready to encounter rough surfaces, uneven pavement, slower speeds and traffic queues that often present a need to slow down abruptly. ARTBA offers some simple tips to help motorists:
A wealth of work zone safety resources are posted online at the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (www.workzonesafety.org). This one-stop "online library" provides comprehensive information on laws and regulations, best practices, current research, products, public awareness campaigns, and training materials. Some resources are available in languages other than English, including French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese.
ARTBA is a long-time leader in roadway safety initiatives. For 30 years, the members of its Traffic Safety Industry Division have been designing and manufacturing materials, services and equipment relating to the control of traffic or safety on transportation facilities.
Since 1999, the "Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Fund," which provides post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job, has helped more than 70 students like Nicole Rumley. The ARTBA Foundation provides safety training to thousands of road construction workers under contracts from the Federal Highway Administration and Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The association also provides industry professionals with a variety of publications and videos aimed at improving safety on the job site.
To learn more about these safety programs, contact ARTBA Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant at firstname.lastname@example.org.