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Posted on: April 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Joins Annual ‘National Work Zone Awareness Week’ Campaign April 17-21

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Annual ‘National Work Zone Awareness Week’ is April 17-21

You Play a Role in Work Zone Safety. Work With Us.

Whatcom County Public Works is teaming with transportation stakeholders nationwide to participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 17-21.

Now in its 23rd year, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a national public awareness campaign spreading the message that work zone safety is a shared responsibility. This year’s theme is “You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.” 

Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show 774 fatal crashes in work zones resulted in 857 deaths in 2020. Of those fatalities, 117 were roadway workers. Most people killed in work zones were motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. There were an estimated 44K work zone injuries, and an estimated 102K total work zone crashes in that same period. Statistics demonstrate that everyone plays a role in keeping motorists and road workers safe.   

Over the course of NWZAW, various state departments of transportation, federal agencies, and other organizations will encourage safe driving through work zones. In Whatcom County, Executive Satpal Sidhu has signed a proclamation in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week. Whatcom County Public Works will share safety messages and educational tips on social media throughout the week. 

To learn more about National Work Zone Awareness Week, visit  

Work Zone Safety Tips:

  • Pay attention. Be aware of all work zone signs indicating reduced speeds, traffic pattern changes, and other important information.
  • Avoid distractions. This includes cell phone use, eating, drinking, and operating radios or navigation systems.
  • Slow down. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Slow down and watch for roadside workers, heavy equipment, and other drivers. 
  • Keep your distance. Rear-end crashes are prevalent in work zones – always maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Research your route. GPS apps and similar resources can help you be aware of upcoming work zones before you hit the road. When possible, research your route ahead of time and use detours or alternative roads to avoid these areas.

Follow Whatcom County Public Works on social media to read more work zone safe driving tips. 

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Click here to read Executive Satpal Sidhu's proclamation in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week

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