New York State Coordinator
SADD, Inc., sadd.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York State Coordinator
Safe Work Zones for All. Protect Workers. Protect road users.
We Can Do It!
Support work zone safety during National Work Zone Awareness Week 2020
New York State (April 21) – Whether you work in an office or on nation’s roadways, everyone deserves to get home safely.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), in its 20th year, is a national public awareness campaign that spreads the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety. This year’s NWZAW is April 20-24, 2020, and the theme is “Safe Work Zones for All. Protect Workers. Protect road users. We Can Do It!"
Recent statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse shows a total of 671 work zone crashes resulted in 754 fatalities in 2018 with 124 of those fatalities being workers. Those startling statistics further demonstrate the importance of spreading awareness of work zone safety and participating in NWZAW to spread the message that we all play a role in getting roadway workers home safely.
Additionally, there were a total of 94,000 work zone crashes total in 2017—of which 25,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 37,000 injuries – which underscores the need for further awareness of how to behave and drive safely in work zones.
New York SADD will be encouraging all State residents, particularly teen drivers, to observe NWZAW week virtually, building awareness about work zone safety through distance learning sessions, Kahoot! games, Twitter threads, and social media campaigns.
On Tuesday April 21st, work zone & traffic safety advocate and National public speaker, Karen Torres, will join New York SADD for a virtual session on the importance of NWZAW, sharing her personal connection to this traffic safety topic and addressing how drivers can help to keep themselves and work zone crews safe. This virtual session will be available on Instagram TV following the live broadcast. Karen is also a member of the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Speaker’s Bureau, administered by New York SADD.
The SADD New York State Coordinator Lauren Meade said, “we need to build awareness about work zone safety for our new teen drivers, especially during this time period when those inexperienced drivers may be on the road more than they typically would be during school hours, and crews working on our roadways are more prevalent. Young drivers are not as familiar with driving in work zones, the protocols or signage, and that naïveté could cost them, or someone else, their lives.”
As part of NWZAW, all are also encouraged to participate in Go Orange Day on April 22, a day where individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder to others of work zones, and post photos of their Go Orange Day activities to further spread awareness of work zone safety. While fun, participation in Go Orange Day and NWZAW goes a long way in getting much needed attention on work zone safety.
State departments of transportation, federal agencies, and other organizations will be participating in NWZAW and Go Orange Day, putting out PSAs about work zone safety, and hosting events to highlight the issue. For additional information on the history of NWZAW, visit www.nwzaw.org/learn.
Be sure to participate in #NWZAW and #GoOrangeDay – Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – by spreading the message of work zone safety with your friends, family, and community, and by liking, commenting, and sharing on social media using the hashtags #NWZAW and #GoOrange4Safety. To learn more about NWZAW, visit nwzaw.org.
#NWZAW #StandDown4Safety #SaferRoadsSaveLives #GoOrange4Safety
@NewYorkSADD on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Visit ny.sadd.org. #NYTeenDrivers
NWZAW was formed by ATSSA, AASHTO, and FHWA. The partnership has expanded to include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), D.C. Department of Transportation (D-DOT), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and American Road & Transportation Builders (ARTBA), plus support from many people and organizations touched by work zone safety.
SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. Our mission is accomplished by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life.