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Give road crews a break: National Grid urges drivers to slow down in work zones


Mon, Apr 17th 2023 07:00 am

National Work Zone Awareness Week brings attention to spring construction season

Submitted by National Grid

National Grid reminds drivers to slow down when approaching work zones on roads and highways as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The annual commemoration, promoted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, takes place April 17-21 and marks the start of spring construction season.

The onset of spring means National Grid crews will begin performing necessary infrastructure upgrades along roads, and some may require roadway work areas, including lane or shoulder closures. Observing warnings is a matter of safety for both our crews and drivers. Slowing down and paying attention to your surroundings can ensure the well-being of all involved.

Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of death among construction workers and the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry. In 2021, 72 workers were killed, and 400 were injured in struck-by accidents in work zones, according to the most current data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

National Grid workers go through extensive training on work zone safety. Crews on duty in work zones or near our infrastructure wear high-visibility garments, eye protection and hard hats. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers the following tips for driving safely through work zones:

√ Plan Ahead: Research your route before heading out. When possible, avoid work zones and use detours when available.

√ Stay Focused: Keeping your eyes on the road is especially important in work zones. Note all instructions on work zone signage, including speed limits, lane changes and shifts, and any closures. Keep both hands on the wheel and off your cell phone, radio, navigation device, and food and drink.

√ Slow Down: Many states require drivers to reduce their speed in work zones and follow the posted speeds. Drivers in Massachusetts and New York face increase fines and other penalties for speeding in a work zone.

√ Move into the Open Lane: When lanes close, move over as soon as it is safe and possible. Pay attention to your blind spot for other vehicles. Massachusetts and New York each have “move over” laws that include fines for drivers that fail to move to an open lane when stopped vehicles with flashing lights, such as utility vehicles, are at work.

√ Keep Your Distance: Rear-end collisions are very common in work zones, as cars wait until the last minute to change lanes or stop quickly. When driving, leave sufficient distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Never cut off a bus or large commercial vehicle, like a box truck or 18-wheeler, as those vehicles require more braking distance to reach a stop. 

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