DOTD observes Work Zone Awareness Week
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) wants everyone to know it is National Work Zone Awareness Week.
This year’s theme of the annual event is “Work Zones Are a Sign to Slow Down.”
The campaign encourages drivers to use safety precautions while passing through work zones and to bring attention to worker safety.
Officials also use it as a time to remember all of the workers who have lost their lives in work zones.
“Across our state, Troopers work side by side with our DOTD partners to provide a safe working environment for the men and women who are striving to improve Louisiana’s transportation infrastructure,” said Colonel Lamar Davis, State Police Superintendent. “Louisiana State Police will continue to prioritize increased enforcement in work zones to protect the lives of the workers present, as well as the motorists traveling through these active construction zones.”
”People whose jobs place them in work zones are doing important and critical things for our benefit. They do their jobs, and they do them without airbags and bumpers, with only the protection of hard hats and steel-toed shoes. And so, too, we should do our jobs on the roadway and in work zones. Our job is to drive. Just drive. Drive without distraction. Drive without impairment. Drive with total engagement, as we are the operators of multi-ton machines along some very challenging traffic areas—especially the stretches within work zones. Drive as though people’s lives depend on it, because they do,” said Lisa Freeman, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director.
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