A few Work Zone Facts tell the story…
- In 2004, crashes in roadway work zones resulted in over 1,000 deaths and nearly 50,000 injuries to persons of all ages. That’s enough people to fill a stadium!
- A teen driver is killed every three days and seven are injured each day in work zone crashes.
- Motor vehicle crashes kill more teens than any other cause. (Source: NHTSA)
- In the 15- to 20-year-old age group, car crashes cause 32% of all deaths.
- A 16-year-old is 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult, due largely to inexperience. (Source: California Office of Traffic Safety)
- Each year at least 2 million new drivers–mostly teenagers–begin driving.
- For the next decade there will be more teen drivers in both absolute numbers and as a higher proportion of the driving population.
- New drivers encounter the unfamiliar traffic patterns and hazards posed by roadway work zones. The maze of jersey barriers, traffic cones, flaggers, flashing lights, and orange signs is a scenario that often causes confusion and dangerous driving responses.
- Over the next several years, highway construction is estimated to increase by 33 to 65% and the number of roadway work sites will increase proportionally.
- The parallel upswing in both teen drivers and work zones will combine to create an even more dangerous environment where young drivers are placed at a higher risk of death or injury.