Transportation officials from across the country gathered in the nation's capital in April to increase awareness of the growing number of work zone accidents and fatalities each year.
More than 1000 people are killed in work zones across the country annually, and approximately 80% of them are motorists or passengers. Officials gathered in Washington, D.C., April 3–9, for National Work Zone Awareness Week to tackle the problem. The annual event is sponsored by the American Transportation Safety Services Association, Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and other national and local transportation groups. Speakers such as Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) gathered to discuss work-zone safety legislation, injury and crash statistics, and ways to prevent accidents in construction areas. In addition, a display of 1000 traffic cones—representing the workers and motorists killed in work zones each year—sat on the National Mall, drawing attention from passersby. For more information about the event, visit http://wzsafety.tamu.edu.